Uggah (left) with Manred Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Assistant Minister Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn (centre), Manred permanent secretary Edwin Abit (right) and Agriculture Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Ismail (partly hidden) arriving at Manred Integrity Day 2020 at Imperial hotel, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The state government is targeting to increase the income level of families to RM6,000 per household through modern agriculture by 2030.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas noted the current target by the Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Ministry (Manred) was RM4,000 per household.

“By 2030, our livestock breeders, farmers and smallholders should be able to garner an income of RM6,000 per household.

“Now our target is RM4,000 but because the PLI (Poverty Line Income) has increased as well the living cost, so we cannot be stagnant at RM4,000. The target now is RM6,000 and I believe it can be done,” he said.

He said this when officiating at the Manred Integrity Day at a leading hotel here today.

Uggah urged Sarawakians to adopt modern technology such as Internet of Things (IoT) to help them improve productivity and quality of production.

“We are now working out the strategy and we will leverage on the number of successful vegetable growers and exporters,” he said.

The deputy chief minister also called for major players to give their feedback to the ministry to further improve their productivity as well as production quality.

“We are fortunate, we have vast lands, we don’t have foot and mouth diseases meaning we can export our cows to anywhere in the world and we have a lot of hardworking people,” he said.

He expressed hope that the private sector could lend their support to the government and that more programmes could be held to prepare local entrepreneurs in order for them to compete with others in the industry.