KANOWIT: The rural constituency of Machan has been identified as one of the areas with good agricultural potential.
In revealing this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said special attention will be given to the area for its agriculture to be developed.
“In Machan, we will emphasise on agriculture and with this, we will give allocation to farmers and train them to adopt modern agricultural methods.
“With the newly launched Agriculture office, the officers will be able to offer advice to farmers on pproper methods of growing crops,” he said when officiating at the launch of Nanga Machan Agriculture office here today.
Abang Johari said Sarawak was regarded as one of the nation’s food producers with it now receiving food orders from neighbouring Singapore.
“Singapore, albeit a small country, has 6 million population and they are importing sayur midin from us. Last month alone we exported our silver patin to the country as well as our tilapia,” he said.
Abang Johari said Sarawak would continue to export food to Singapore where from there, it could be exported to other countries worldwide.
“Essentially, our future in agriculture is bright as God loves us and gave us enough rain and sun for the crops to grow. However, the methods in agriculture need to change and we have given a substantial allocation for the purpose.
“We have allocated RM700 million for agriculture alone in our 2020 State Budget.
“RM700 million is an entire budget for a small state in Malaysia, but we allocated that amount solely for agricultural purposes,” he said.