RM500,000 for pepper infrastructure

Uggah (right) during an interview with the Information Department.

KUCHING: There will an infrastructure for pepper processing and packaging in Layar, Betong soon.

This is in view of the fact that a total of RM500,000 has been set aside to set up this facility.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas in announcing this said it will be situated at the Area Farmers’ Association (PKK) office at Simpang Layar in Betong.

“A sum of RM500,000 had been allocated for this purpose and the amount included getting the necessary machines for the place,” he said.

Uggah who is Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister said the decision was to help the farmers find alternative markets, especially during the cyclical low price.

“During such a circle, I hope our farmers will not give up on their gardens but to continue maintaining them.

“We will provide the fertiliser to assist,” he said when officiating at the Betong Agriculture Department’s Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) at 41-door Rumah Radin Wilson in Penebak Ulu in Ulu Layar last Friday.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Uggah who is Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman during an interview with the Information department lamented the proliferation of fake news on social media amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This poses a major challenge for us in SDMC. The people are getting confused and unduly worry and this makes our job harder.

“At the onset, it was equally challenging too, to get all government departments and agencies at both state and federal levels and most importantly the people themselves, move as one in the fight,” he said.

The deputy chief minister said at the start of the pandemic, SDMC had to ensure that the health department was the lead agency in managing the spread of Covid-19.

“We also had to ensure we have enough frontline staff and facilities, in particular, the personal protective equipment (PPE). Fortunately, we have been able to achieve all these.

“It is again the people’s undivided support and collaboration that have been and are very important,” he said.