KUCHING: The rural communities especially the Bidayuhs have been urged to take up commercial farming as a business venture.
This is because agriculture is business, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities II Datuk Willie Mongin pointed out.
“Thus, it is time for the rural communities especially the Bidayuhs to venture into economic activities in order to uplift their living standard,” he said at the closing of the freshwater kara prawn rearing course at Open University campus here today.
He said crops cultivation and rearing of aquatic animals are among these economic activities which rural people should venture into as these commodities have huge market potential but has yet to be fully developed.
Hence, he urged rural communities in his constituency to focus on economic activities by developing their land with commercially valuable crops, adding that all economic activities can generate income.
Anyone including those living in villages and longhouses in the rural areas can also become successful agropreneurs if they focus and are determined on what they want to do for their living, said Willie who is Puncak Borneo MP.
“We need and I hope to see more agropreneurs in Puncak Borneo or else we will be left behind,” he stressed.
All this while the people in Puncak Borneo have been talking about relevant physical development in view that almost all villages in the area are already connected with roads, water and electricity, he said.
“To be successful in what you do, you must focus and have determination. When you have the opportunity grab it and do it with full determination until you are successful,” he pointed out.
He added that the Budayuhs could also be successful like other races if they were focused and full of determination in their deeds.
The common weakness for most Bidayuhs is that they easily give up when they fail to achieve success in their first try, Willie stated.
“We ourselves change our life; we determine our own future. Be positive in what you are doing in order to be successful,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, some 30 people attended the two-day course organised by Ulurn Resources Sdn Bhd.