KUCHING: The state government will discuss with the private sector the post Covid-19 socio-economic policy.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the discussion was necessary to promote food exports and develop more incentives for investors.
He revealed this during an official visit to Thian Yien Enterprise Sdn. Bhd., a local company specialising in the production of different kinds of sauces and restaurant food products.
Uggah, who is also the Minister of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, said the ministry was trying to help local companies penetrate more international markets.
“By producing more food for export, we can reduce our import deficit, which in 2018, stood at a hefty RM3.6 billion. This is in line with our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s vision for the state to be a net exporter of food and food products by the year 2030,” he added.
Uggah said one of the major issues in food production was deciding what to produce.
“We have so much potential as we are blessed with plenty of land.
“One of the potentials for the state is to boost inland fishery since we have a good reputation for producing healthy food. This trust will be a great asset for us,” he added.
Earlier, Uggah, who was accompanied by his ministry permanent secretary Edwin Abit and the State Agriculture Department director Dr Alvin Chai, was shown around by Thian Yien Enterprise Sdn Bhd’s company managing director Pooh Chee Ngee.