Fatimah (second right) with others from PBB Women Supreme Council committee members and State Women and Family Council members take a look at the green chili planted in the green house while being briefed by Kina Karar Agrofarm founder Kina (third right) during their visit at her farm at Jalan Kampung Kuap, Kota Samarahan yesterday. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Entrepreneurs are advised to get licences for their business operations.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah in making the call, said licences played a key role in easing the process of applying for government-provided assistance for businesses.

“Without licences, it would be a bit difficult for them to receive government assistance and lots of assistance provided.

“It will also be difficult for them to apply for loans, grants, assistance or to participate in training courses. This is why licences are important. We must do things the right way without taking any shortcuts,” she said, adding that her ministry had been conducting roadshows throughout the state to encourage women entrepreneurs to apply for business licences.

Fatimah gave the advice during a visit to Kina Karar Agrofarm at Kampung Kuap here today.

The minister also emphasised that entrepreneurs must be passionate about their interests and possess a thirst for knowledge in order to succeed in the industry.

She added it was also important for them to be committed to achieving their goals.

“At the same time, there needs to be knowledge (gained through) participating in training courses often and gaining support from family members. Success will be achieved,” she assured.

On the subject of modern farming, Fatimah reiterated that training courses would be beneficial as they provided hands-on experiences in managing and implementing their businesses.

“Don’t do it halfway. Do it until success is achieved,” she said, adding their incomes from agropreneurship might be more than what they would be paid for jobs in the formal sector.

Commenting on her visit, Fatimah said it was made to observe the success of Kansar Karar, 41, who was named the State Level ‘Tokoh Usahawan” (Model Entrepreneur) during the 2020 Women’s Day celebration.

She also commended Kansar for her achievement and the encouraging results of her agrofarm since its establishment in 2009.

Also present were Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women Supreme Council members and Sarawak Women and Family Council members.