Manred permanent secretary Edwin Abit leads an oath taking session.

KUCHING: Sarawak will have its own food terminal in the near future to promote local products to the rest of the world.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state government was currently studying the proposal and identifying a suitable location for the terminal.

“Recently an agro cooperatives group proposed that the government build a wholesale market. We welcome that proposal and we will present it to the government.

“We can call it Sarawak Food Terminal where all can go there and (buy products) and it will be supported with technology enabling it to reach out to the world,” he said when officiating at the Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Ministry (Manred) Integrity Day today.

Uggah said with the recently formed Sarawak Economic Action Council (Seac), one of its pillars was to emphasise on modern agriculture and precision farming, setting Sarawak on a direction to be a net food exporter by 2030.

“This will also ensure our food security and self-sufficiency level,” he said.

The deputy chief minister said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had huge expectations on Manred to transform the agriculture sector.

“I hope that we will be able to change the lives of over 250,000 smallholders, fishermen and livestock breeders in Sarawak.

“For that purpose, the Ministry was given a substantial allocation for agriculture programme worth RM797 million and of the total, RM265 million was allocated for the Agriculture Facilitation Fund (AFF),” he said.

Uggah said besides the agriculture allocation in the State 2020 Budget, a total of RM100 million had been set aside for Agropreneur Venture Capital.

“With that amount of money, we should be able to bring change to the people,” he said.