Conduct agricultural pilot projects

Mawan (left) speaking to longhouse residents on Thursday.

KUCHING: The rural constituency of Pakan is opening its doors to agricultural or livestock pilot projects that will benefit the community.

In stressing this, assemblyman Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom urged the village safety and development committees (JKKKs) in Pakan to work with the Agriculture Department to ensure such projects are implemented.

“The JKKKs can also arrange for each longhouse what kind of crops they want to do in the pilot project.

“For example, maybe a longhouse prefers to grow maize rather than other vegetables, that can be done. Same goes for other longhouses.”

He said this while officiating at the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCop) at Rh Meringgai, Buku in Pakan on Thursday.

Mawan said with the close collaboration between JKKKs and government agencies, the community could benefit through constant exchange of ideas.

“The JKKKs can discuss on how a pilot project can be carried out, either using a land belonging to a longhouse resident, renting the land or growing it on a shared farm.”

Mawan also stressed that the JKKKs in particular needed to be active and start the pilot projects.