Overcome food crisis with structural planning, modern technologies on state land

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By Natasha Jee & Alexandra Lorna

KUCHING: Land is a precious asset to the Dayak community and cannot afford to be ignored, said Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He claimed that’s why the state used the land productively to produce good outcomes.

“In this regard, commercial agriculture is the solution, and current technology must be used in agricultural activities.

“This includes employing digital processes in our effort to produce more food and other commodities,” he said at the state-level Gawai Dayak 2022 celebration at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here, yesterday.

According to Abang Johari, given Sarawak’s size and the fact that the world is experiencing a food crisis, the state should not have any trouble increasing its food production.

“If we know how to secure our land through structural planning and modern technologies, we can overcome the food crisis issues,” he pointed out.

On another note, he said Sarawak has a variety of resources that are valuable to the state.

“Assets are extremely important to us economically, provided we know how to manage them and simultaneously increase their value.

“In this case, we are doing our best to add value to the various resources available in the state.

“In addition to the current advancement, the state must also develop.

“We cannot just focus on Sarawak alone — every strategy we employ must be relevant to what is occurring globally,” he said.

During the event, Abang Johari also agreed to Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (Labour, Immigration and Project Monitoring) and Federation of Orang Ulu Associations of Sarawak, Malaysia (FORUM) advisor Datuk Gerawat Gala’s request to provide additional funding for the federation.

Meanwhile, the Orang Ulu community has been entrusted to organise this year’s state-level Gawai Dayak celebration.

Each year, the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu alternate hosting the festival.

Also present were Deputy Premiers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Abang Johari (centre) and Uggah (fourth left) witness the handing over of rattan mat from state-level Gawai Dayak Celebration 2022 working committee Datuk Gerawat Gala (fourth right), Datuk Liwan Lagang (third right) and Kennedy Chukpai Ugon to Datuk John Sikie Tayai (second left), Datuk Majang Renggi (left) and Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu (third left), representing the Iban community who will be hosting the state-level Gawai celebration next year. Also seen are Datuk Julaihi Narawi (right) and Dennis Ngau.
Some of the traditional performances at the event.

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