KUCHING: Pandan coconut, durian and pineapples are among the crops which have been identified to be commercialised in Limbang and Lawas.
Agriculture Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail said the crops have export potential and will be expanded to support the setting up of collection, processing and packaging centres (CPPCs) in the two districts.
“For pandan coconut, in 2019 we provided input assistance to 50 farmers where each farmer having one-hectare of land area was given seeds for the crop.
“In 2020, a total of 30 participants were assisted through the same programme and in this year we aim to involve another 20 participants through the programme under the Agriculture Department.
“Through this assistance it will yield more crops and the Agriculture Department will monitor these projects,” Abdul Rahman said on Wednesday.
Earlier, he had visited Kampung Limpaki to monitor the planting of pandan coconut owned by local community leader Pemanca Leong Boon Ming.
Apart from that, Abdul Rahman who is also the Bukit Kota assemblyman also visited the Durian Musang King garden in Kampung Sibukang.
“As for durians, Limbang is famous for its local durians. According to the statistics by the Agriculture Department, there are about 60,000 matured durian kampong trees in Limbang and Lawas.
“To add more new varieties, Musang King durian was distributed through the Agriculture Facilitation Fund (AFF) programme in 2019 and 2020.
“About 60, 000 trees have been distributed in Limbang Lawas districts, with about 30,000 trees having been planted,” he said.
This will provide customers with more choices in terms of durians in view of the king of fruits having a large market abroad, especially in China.
“We also target it to be processed at CPPC Limbang and CPPC Lawas,” he said.