By Voon Yih Boon

BAU: The community of Tasik Baru, especially banana growers, hope that the first ever Kapok Banana Planting Project here will improve their standard of living

Kampung Daun, Kampung Senibong Singai and Kampung Tanjong Bowang have been selected as the first three participating villages in the first phase of the project.

The project was initiated by Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep, and it was officially launched by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on Saturday (Oct 24).

Many had praised this project and hoped more would be able to benefit from it.

New Sarawak Tribune spoke to a few village heads and project participants for their views on the subject matter.

Edmund Patrick

Edmund Patrick, 50, Daun And Ngori village chief

This project will definitely bring economic improvements for its participants. If we fully utilise our granted resources, it wouldn’t be a loss for us. At the same time, I hope more villagers will participate in this project.

Morris John Siren

Morris John Siren, 64, Kampung Senibong village chief

I am very sure that this project will benefit my villagers. Most of the land they use to plant the bananas is their own, so the community involved has shown their trust in this project; if they are doing it for a long-term period, they will surely gain the profit they reserved from their harvest.

Desmond Abie Bawing

Desmond Abie Bawing, 67, Kampung Tanjong Bowang village chief

Through this project, participants can earn extra income. However, I hope the related parties in charge of this project or the project participants themselves will consistently arrange everything to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Riwin Jupa

Riwin Jupa, 58, project participant from Kampung Daun

This project will enhance and improve the livelihood of the villagers here. Not only that, I also believe it will boost the state’s economy. This project not only benefits the local people in terms of finance, but it also brings job opportunities to this village.

Paul Louis

Paul Louis, 46, project participant from Kampung Senibong

As one of the project participants, I am delighted and grateful because I managed to grab the opportunity to join this project. I worked part-time to raise my family, but now with the government’s help, I will work hard to generate more income for my family.