State focusing on food development

Awang Tengah (right) during a function in Lawas recently.

KUCHING: Sarawak hopes to export agricultural, livestock and fisheries products overseas, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

He said the state government was focusing on the food development sector to increase the income of the people in the state and improve the state economy.

“We now have an office in Singapore which is importing agricultural and fishery products from Sarawak.

“Recently, Singapore imported livestock, agricultural and fisheries products, including catfish from the Batang Ai lake,” he said when officiating at an Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) programme in Lawas recently.

Awang Tengah, who is International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister, said Sarawak also expanded its local product market to Peninsular Malaysia, especially in Kuala Lumpur.

“We have also created a Sarawak Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur under my Ministry to help our entrepreneurs market their products to wider markets in Peninsular Malaysia.

“God willing, we will also open our office in Brunei. We have identified a building and are now talking to the owner of the building.

“This is so that we can coordinate trade between Limbang Division and Brunei Darussalam,” he added.

Awang Tengah urged local entrepreneurs to apply for the Micro Credit Scheme to expand their business, adding that a total of RM50 million had been allocated by the state government.