James Alow (left) presents a token of appreciation to Sikie at the programme.

BINTULU: Rural folk in Selangau are urged to take advantage of the agriculture schemes provided by the state government to help increase their household incomes.

Citing swiftlet farming and mushroom cultivation, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Native Laws and Customs), Datuk John Sikie Tayai said these two activities were capable of generating lucrative incomes.

“The state government through various agencies is providing free training and grants to rural farmers to help strengthen their knowledge in agriculture,” he pointed out.

Speaking at the Agriculture Community Outreach programme (AgriCOP) at Rumah Langgi Ungei, Sungai Tau in Selangau on Saturday, Sikie added the State government aimed to help every household in the rural areas earn a monthly income of not less than RM4,000   through agricultural activities.

Also present were political secretary to the Chief Minister, Edwin Banta, Selangau agriculture officer James Alow Bunya and general manager of Subu Farmers organisation, Sengalang Jawan.

Sikie also contributed RM5,000 to Rumah Langgi’s women’s bureau.

He also called on the longhouse folk to give their full cooperation to the state government in its effort to install electricity supply in the Sungai Tau area.

“Your cooperation will help facilitate the implementation of the project,” he said.