Wan Junaidi (3rd right) together with (from right) Mohamad Shiblie, Siti, Meor Mohammad and others at a photo call with the attendees of the programme.
BY ALVERDTEKOSTER ANYAP

KUCHING: Cooperative Institute of Malaysia (CIM) is committed to the development of human capital and imparts knowledge to cooperative members in Sarawak, especially to improve skills in modern agricultural management.

CIM Sarawak director Siti Maimunah Jerni said she is confident that cooperative members and entrepreneurs are able to keep moving forward and adapt to changes for the success of their cooperatives and community.

“For today, we organised this programme to transform conventional management and businesses to the ones using the Internet and information technology (IT) so that agricultural work can be done efficiently,” she said during ‘Bicara Ilmu: Niaga Tani Pintar Jana “Income Steady’ programme organised by CIM at Imperial Hotel today.

She then urged the participants to do smart farming by using smartphone applications so as to generate more income without too many troubles.

CIM has held 27 programmes on the use of information-communication technology (ICT) across the country this year.

“For programmes under Penjana, CIM and Angkasa have identified 30 cooperatives related to tourism affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Together, we will help these cooperatives by developing websites and implement the use of e-commerce applications to help the industry,” she said.

Siti also mentioned the initiation of Cooperative Digital Empowerment (CODE) programme which helps CIM to identify 15 cooperatives that will be selected according to certain criteria.

“We only select certain cooperatives that have their own products and have unique services to qualify for the programme,” she said.

“We will provide consultation, guidance and training for nine months with CIM, including learning the use of IoT and applications for agriculture.”

According to her, the changes from doing conventional business to online business happened because of the current pandemic.

Entrepreneur and Cooperation Development Minister Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar officiated at the event. Also present were Malaysia Cooperation Comission (SKM) Sarawak director Meor Mohammad Shariffudin Meor Yahya and Bank Rakyat Business Banking head officer Mohamad Shiblie Abang Sapuan.