TELANG USAN: Sarawakians should establish themselves firmly in economy through modern agriculture.
Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said that the RM700 million funding allocated in the State 2020 Budget to provide basic assistance and agricultural infrastructure is part of transitioning Sarawak into a net exporter of food by 2030.
He believed that through farming, Sarawakians are provided with opportunities to increase their own economic standing.
“Today, what we are doing is to impart basic knowledge in this home-based economic venture to enable you to start this great-demand product,” he said when officiating at the Stingless Bee Farming Workshop and handing over of kelulut (stingless bee) logs to 74 Telang Usan constituents here yesterday.
“Upon my request, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, has kindly allocated some funds as well,” he said.
Dennis revealed that the state government has selected those who will be assisted this time around and hope that the constituents will reciprocate by taking the venture seriously.
“This includes providing Baram Agriculture Department a progressive report on the income from the kelulut honey sales.
He also said that the 74 participants will receive assistance worth more than RM6000 each from the state government.
“What is important here is your commitment. Take this basic assistance from the state government as a starting point and with the income received from this 13 kelulut logs in time to come, you can add some more logs to your kelulut farm to enable you to have bigger output (honey) to get larger sales.
“I’m sure the Agriculture Department of Sarawak here is willing to work with and help you to market your product.
“I am happy to share with you my plans on organising several ‘farmers’ day’ events in Telang Usan next year to enable our farmers to sale their products, including this kelulut honey to stimulate our local economy,” he said.
The Telang Usan assemblyman stressed that an alternative to market the products would be through the internet.
“This is the reason why Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has made it one of his top priorities in the state’s development agenda when he helmed Sarawak back in 2017.
“He proved his commitment and has allocated more than RM1 billion of the state fund to ensure Sarawakians, especially the rural communities, have good internet services,” he said.
Dennis further assured the constituents of his continuous and tireless effort in bringing development, be it in infrastructure, amenities or economic, to Telang Usan.
“So far, I am happy to see the achievements we made in Telang Usan since I took over in 2011. However, I realise that there are many more to be done.
“Therefore, I need everyone to stay united and work closely with Abang Johari, myself and Gabungan Parti Sarawak to ensure Telang Usan is always under the radar of the state government who has shown its genuineness in developing Sarawak and her people unlike the Pakatan Harapan federal government,” Dennis added.
Dennis said that the state government has allocated a huge sum of funding to build and improve road systems in the constituencies of Telang Usan and Mulu to be utilised this year and 2020.
“Various roads and water stand-alone projects have been approved at several longhouses in Telang Usan.
“Therefore, I take this opportunity to urge relevant authorities and agencies to work harder to ensure all this approved rakyat projects to be implemented as soon as possible,” he said.