KUCHING: The Sarawak government through the Sarawak Farmers Organisation (PPNS) will be collaborating with several private companies to operate the Limbang and Lawas Collection, Processing and Packaging Centre (CPPC).
Deputy Minister of Food Industry, Commodities and Regional Development of Sarawak and PPNS chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail said the joint venture project was one of the steps that would contribute to the progress of agriculture and the agro-food industry in Sarawak.
He explained this was in line with the aspirations of the Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 and making Sarawak a net food exporter by 2030.
“PPNS is cooperating with Biolazat Holdings Sdn Bhd and the Limbang and Lawas Regional Farmers Organisation (PPK) to operate the Limbang and Lawas CPPC.
“This CPPC, which is expected to be fully operational in early 2023, will assist in processing and marketing to increase the export of agricultural and agro-food products,” he told Sarawak Public Communication Unit (UKAS) in a news report.
He was interviewed after attending a joint venture (JV) agreement signing ceremony between PPNS and Biolazat Holdings here yesterday (Dec 2).
Dr Abdul Rahman added this was the fifth JV project between PPNS and a private company. Previously PPNS had collaborated with several private companies for the development of tilapia fish farming, shrimp production, buffalo production and dairy products.
“This collaboration is expected to help improve the living standard and socio-economy of the local community. Job opportunities will be offered and facilities provided for farmers to work on their products and crops,” he said.