More private sector involvement needed in agriculture

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HEAD of state Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has called for more private sector involvement in agriculture.

He said such involvement should be through automation and applications of modern technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) to increase the production of quality agricultural produce.

“I am confident that in the next few years, the agricultural sector in Sarawak will transform into a high value-added sector, thus becoming a major exporter of food in Malaysia.”

He said this in his opening address at the 19th Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here on Tuesday (May 17).

On another note, he said that the poverty cycle could only be broken through education.

“I am happy that the Sarawak government is placing greater emphasis on quality education for children from poor households.

“By gaining access to quality education, our younger generation will be competitive and able to engage in productive and high-income activities.”

He congratulated the state for the establishment of five international schools for outstanding children from B40 families, especially from rural areas.

“This will give the children the opportunity to enjoy an international quality education for a better future.”

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