Co-op to develop banana plantation

Nordin (third left), with Meor (fourth left) and other members of the delegation and KPDAB members at the KPDAB-owned banana farm.

KUCHING: Koperasi Penduduk Daerah Asajaya Berhad (KPDAB) in Asajaya, Samarahan Division will develop a large scale banana plantation to cater for the export markets in five years’ time.

Malaysia Cooperative Societies Commission (SKM) executive chairman Datuk Nordin Salleh said the plantation could be as large as 500 acres.

He revealed this when addressing a seminar held at the co-operative during his visit to the district recently.

Nordin said he was impressed with the progress of the co-operative although it was only two years old.

The co-operative, which has 80 members, was established in April, 2018. Its membership is open to anyone aged 18 and above. They can either be local residents or anyone working or owning landed properties in the district.

Asajaya is famous for its bananas and during the visit, Nordin, who was leading a delegation from SKM head office in Kuala Lumpur, visited KPDAB banana farm in Kampung Serpan Ulu. Accompanying him was SKM Sarawak branch director Meor Mohammad Shariffudin Meor Yahya.

On the seminar, Nordin said it was to help local residents better understand the cooperative’s grand plan for the next five years.

“This includes buying modern agriculture machinery, providing better agriculture training facilities such as co-operative building and a training centre,” he added.

It was also to help KPDAB develop a 500-acre banana plantation to cater specifically for the export market, he added.