PAKAN: The 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK-11) is targeting 20,000 hectares of pepper planting throughout the country of which 16,000 hectares are in Sarawak. This exercise aims to increase pepper planting in the country due to the world demand, said Chairman of Malaysia Pepper Board (MPB) Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom.
“Pepper is in high demand throughout the world, but the supply of pepper in the country is still less (than demand),” he explained. Mawan told this to reporters after officiating at the “Program Jelajah Sarawak – Jom Tanam Lada” for Pakan district held at Rumah George Chungut, Nanga Nansang, in Pakan on Thursday.
The Pakan State Assemblyman who is also Saratok Member of Parliament also said that Pakan district is also famous as the largest producer of pepper in the country and then followed by Julau.
He said the government always strives to help pepper planters through various assistance to improve the socio-economic status of the people, in particular those in rural areas. According to him, the government is now making effort to produce new products to be developed and it has received positive feedback,” he said. Elaborating further on the programme, Mawan said it had been held in several locations such as in Peninsular Malaysia, Lahad Datu in Sabah, Sri Aman, Betong and Pakan. In his speech, Mawan said the establishment of MPB, which started as black pepper marketing for a decade ago, has given a lot of benefits to the pepper planters especially in Sarawak.
“This is through its role and function in carrying out marketing activities, planting and research and development related to pepper commodity in line with government efforts to improve socio-economic activities of rural people,” he said. He therefore said that MPB is looking forward to a bright future and guided by strategic goals which have been outlined.
“And this would encourage target groups to cultivate pepper planting more actively, and make pepper planting as main choice of the smallholders,” he said. Use the online HTML Editor to compose the content for your website easily.