Residents of Rumah Seliau are taught how to grow pineapples.

SELANGAU: Folk of Rumah Seliau in Ulu Oya near here will soon have a new source of income when a pineapple planting project gets off the ground.

Batang Oya, Pakoh and Sekuau Development Association chairman Henry Kanyan Rawing said a memorandum of understanding between the villagers and a company will soon be signed to allow for planting of the crop on a commercial basis.

“Once everything falls in place, commercial planting of pineapple on a total of 497 hectares of land will take place,” he said to reporters yesterday at the launch of a pineapple growing course in Pasai Siong.

Henry said company staff will be teaching the villagers on the proper way of planting and maintaining the crop.

“The project will surely attract youths in the longhouse and this is what we want,” said Henry, a councillor with Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC).

A total of 135 residents of the longhouse participated in the pineapple growing course which was conducted by staff of the Malaysia Pineapple Industry Board.

Residents of Rumah Seliau are taught how to grow pineapples.