Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib (centre) with Abang Johar(third left), Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah (second left) and Datuk Amar Juma'ani Tun Tuanku Bujang (third right), Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (second right)at the front seat having a photograph with attendees of the Women's Day 2020 at the end of the ceremony yesterday. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The hard work by Sarawak women in improving their living standards had not gone unnoticed by the state government, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

He said the state government acknowledged their roles in improving their own socio-economic standing and would introduce more initiatives to aid them every step of the way.

“We have to admit that the women are really focused, be it when given a task, they are focused particularly in raising their income level,” he said when officiating at the state level Women’s Day celebration at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today.

Abang Johari urged the women to continue improving the state’s economic sector as well as increasing their own income by involving themselves in modern agriculture.

“The agriculture now is using various technological advances including Internet of Things (IOT) which means the way we are farming has changed. Now we are using hydroponics and fertigation.

“I have seen a women farmer in Kuala Rajang who had produced her own rock melon. Using the new technology, there is no need for a big land to produce fruits,” he said.

The chief minister said the state government is also focusing on developing women not only in urban areas but in rural areas as well through entrepreneurship.

“Besides agriculture, women are also very creative as they are able to produce something that is fashionable according to current trends,” he said.

He added that there were women entrepreneurs who have started their own business of selling head scarves online using a mobile application.

“I have visited Bau and I saw a women entrepreneur selling handicrafts also online and she is also marketing it in Europe. These are what I have seen and feedback from women.

“This is our future and there are a lot of opportunities. We are focusing on building a better future as well as facilitating women in urban and rural areas to develop themselves,” he said.