KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem says the state government is willing to help the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) to turn the pineapple industry into one of the major drivers of Agro-based industries in the state.
“We hope MPIB can play a role in ensuring that the cultivation of pineapple in Sarawak can grow quickly," he said when opening a Pineapple Industry Seminar 2015 here yesterday.
His speech was read by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu who represented the Chief Minister in opening the semi- nar.
Adenan said MPIB should introduce new varieties of pineapple such as MD2 which is more profitable to farmers in terms of production.
“We want to change the pineapple industry chain through good agricultural practices, increase production to post-harvest and other activities.”
Last week, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Sarawak had the potential to be developed as agricultural area to ensure the country’s food sovereignty,.
He said if Malaysia was too dependent on imported food supplies, the country would be depending on the mercy of foreign countries, which could have impacted the country’s geopolitics. – Bernama
“Many agricultural areas have been developed into factory areas and paddy plantations turned into palm oil plantations. But there are many land in Sarawak which can be turned into agricultural areas, thereby ensuring the country’s food sovereignty,” he said at the 2015 National Farmers, Livestock Producers and Fishermen’s Convention. – Bernama