Pushing for bio-economy in Sabah through community projects

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation is working towards developing a bio-economy in Sabah through its community development programmes held under the Karnival Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (Karnival STI).

Bioeconomy Corporation acting chief executive officer Syed Agil Syed Hashim said the organisation was collaborating with joint-venture partners, investors, universities, corridors and land authorities to develop bioeconomy in the state.

He said Bioeconomy Community Development Programme (BCDP) focused on people’s wellbeing and high income achievement through inclusiveness, innovation and sustainable development.

The BCDP provides an avenue for farmers to participate in this new economy and to capitalise on the bio-based sector, to unlock future economic growth and to maintain the state’s competitiveness.

“The bioeconomy in Sabah revolves around the idea of a sustainable economic growth, economic development via utilisation of bio-based resources, and through Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), to capture higher value-added economic activities.

“The overall economic aspect would mean elevating the household income of the community, addressing disparity of income as well as increasing employment opportunity,” he said at the two-day carnival held at Tuaran over the weekend.

Karnival STI is a programme implemented by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

The programme supports and encourages the learning and application of science and technology and innovation (STI) by various levels of society to achieve the goal of making Malaysia a highly developed and high-income nation, he said.

On the second day of the event, Bioeconomy Corporation took part in community engagement activities during a “Training for Trainers” workshop that discussed opportunities and challenges in incorporating bio-based technologies with farming and how this can increase productivity.

The implementation of bioeconomy programmes in Sabah will continue to contribute towards realising the long term targets of achieving RM48bil in Gross National Income and the creation of 170,000 new jobs through RM50bil by the year 2020.

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