Goats reared for milk and mutton can provide a better income for farmers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

KUCHING: The rural Dayak community have been told to take up livestock breeding, including the rearing of pigs, to uplift their living standards.

In making this call, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government has also emphasised on modern agriculture to change the lives of rural folk.

“Among the GPS government’s objectives is to get our farmers ‘ participation in modern farming systems like fertigation and hydroponics.

“These techniques do not need vast land or many workers — only scheduled maintenance which even one or two workers can tend to.

“For the rural Dayak community, I also like to add livestock breeding like pig farming to the list. There is a great demand for the meat, which speaks volumes of its potential,” he said.

He said this when officiating at the Bukit Saban GPS road show cum launch of Brutan Ulu Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) sub branch at Rumah Hendary Jawan in Serudit Atas in Betong on Saturday (Oct 31).

Uggah (right) presents the body temperature scanner and TV monitor to Reselly. Also seen is Rapu.

Uggah who is PBB deputy president urged grassroots leaders to find ways to assist the state government in improving the income of rural folk.

“All party leaders must be pro-active in finding ways to uplift the people’s standard of living through programmes and activities that can generate income.

“The GPS government has many of these programmes and activities in place, particularly in the agriculture sector,” he said.

On Sarawak’s export of its local products, the Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister said Betong’s wild ferns (midin) were a hit in Singapore.

“When it hit the Singapore market, it was sold out in no time. A vacuum-packed packet weighing 250 grammes was sold between $3 and $12 for one kilogramme,” he said.

At the function, Uggah presented a body temperature scanner and a TV monitor to Spaoh’s SK Paku Sentral chairman Reselly Ujie for the school’s Covid-19 preventive measures.

Also present was political secretary to the Chief Minister, Dr Richard Rapu.