New market for aquaculture


Uggah says farmers can ensure volume and quality by adopting high-tech farming methods.

KUCHING: Singapore is interested in importing aquaculture products and fruits from Sarawak, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

He said the island republic indicated its interest to buy Sarawak’s prawns, tilapia, guava and dehydrated terung assam during the launch of the Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (Statos).

“This is another good beginning.

“Our farmers and agropreneurs should make full use of this opportunity,” he said when launching Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the Serembu state constituency at Kampung Skio in Bau near here.

Uggah said Sarawak was already exporting 1,200 live pigs a week to Singapore.

“We expect the demand to increase soon. Now that we have a new market for our prawns, terung assam, guava and tilapia, we must ensure we have constant volume.

“At the same time, we must not neglect the quality of the products, which will allow us to penetrate outside markets,” he said.

Uggah said farmers could ensure volume and quality by adopting high-tech farming methods like fertigation.

He added that the state government was transforming the agriculture sector through modern farming to make Sarawak a net food exporter by 2030.

At the function, he announced a grant of RM500,000 for farmers in the area to grow ginger, pineapple and corn. — By SHARON LING
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