Olivia presenting a souvenir to Sikie (third right).

TATAU: The women’s bureaus from longhouses in the Kakus area are urged to undertake a commodity planting project in groups.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Sarawak Bumiputera Law and Customs) Datuk John Sikie Tayai said they need to see the huge potential offered by the agriculture and agro-based industries in an effort to increase their income, as well as to empower women entrepreneurs.

“They should also take advantage of the facilities provided by the government including advisory services, agricultural subsidies, and courses and related briefings.

“What’s important is to not give up easily,” he said while officiating at the closing ceremony of the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) at Rumah Arjey, Nanga Mina in Kakus on Saturday.

A total of 162 participants participated in the programme organised by the Tatau District Agriculture Department.

Meanwhile, the Kakus assemblyman described the programme as the best platform to provide understanding and increase the knowledge of farmers in longhouses and villages about proper methods of the planting and caring of crops.

In addition, he said, it also creates economic opportunities and increases the income of those staying in rural areas.

“The purpose of the government organising such a programme is to increase the production of agricultural products in order to reduce importing food,” he added.

Also present were Bintulu Division Agriculture Department’s Head of Agro Food Section, Olivia Aren; Tatau District Assistant Agriculture Officer, Joseph Mawan; and Bintulu Agricultural Training Center principal, Senelus Maja.