Six new food areas


A file image Shabery spraying probiotics in a corn farm that was launched last year.

KUCHING: The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry will set up another six Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM) in Sarawak from 2016 to 2018.

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek the ministry and the Sarawak Agriculture Department had identified the suitable locations based in Bau, Betong, Limbang and Tanjung Manis.

Shabery said Sarawak had already developed four TKPM which are based in Semenggok and Rampangi near here, Kabuloh in Miri and one in Mukah.

“The additional six will raise the number of TKPM to 10,” he told reporters after visiting a large scale Effective Microorganism (EM) programme at the Semenggok TKPM, here today.

He said there are 75 TKPM throughout the country with 1,200 participants given four to five hectares of land for growing banana, guava and corn.

Shabery said the Semenggok TKPM was initiated in 2015 covering a 54 hectare plot of land through the involvement of 10 youths who are below 40 and the products sold to people in the area.

The TKPM in Semenggok is a pilot project that uses microorganism at a large scale. – Bernama

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