KUCHING: Sarawak plans to involve the Penan community who are still living in the interior, in bamboo planting and the handicraft industry.
State Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said settlements such as those at Long Banga and Long Kevok in the district of Baram in northern Sarawak have been identified as suitable areas for planting bamboo.
He said bamboo planting and handicraft industry were suitable for the Penan, based on their natural talents.
“Sarawak is rich in numerous species of bamboo while at the same time, the global demand for bamboo products is increasing,” he told a media conference in conjunction with a Malaysian craft promotion programme here yesterday.
He added that bamboo products could subsequently be entered in the craft promotion programme, which was now into its fourth year.
He said a sales target of RM750,000 had been set for the programme this year, which involved 81 entrepreneurs from Sarawak, Melaka, Selangor, Sabah and Perlis.
The 10-day programme began on Aug 29 at Tebingan, Kuching and would end on Sept 7. – Bernama