Boosting development in Selangor’s northern corridor districts

Selangor plans to increase roselle cultivation in the state as part of efforts to introduce new types of food crop for livestock and export purposes. — Filepic

ECOTOURISM and agriculture plans will be implemented in the districts of Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor to boost development in the areas.

Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said in the agriculture sector, a technical committee under the State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) had been established to discuss plans to increase production and introduce new types of food crop for livestock.

This would reduce the state’s dependence on imported animal feed, said Amirudin during the question-and-answer session.

Plans include the cultivation of sorghum — a cereal grain popularly used as animal feed but now used for the manufacturing of gluten-free flour — in Sungai Panjang and a 40.47ha roselle cultivation project in Sungai Ayer Tawar for the local and export markets.

He said the state government was also introducing the cultivation of lemon myrtle, a flowering plant predominantly used in the manufacture of essential oils, in Sungai Tengi.

The project, to be undertaken by a private company, would occupy 48.56ha and would be the first and largest of its kind in the country.

For ecotourism, Amirudin said four pilot projects promoting homestay elements, commercial accommodation, extreme sports, jetties and boat services were launched in July at Taman Tasik Millennium, a recreational park in Kuala Kubu Baru.

To a question about Invest Selangor’s foreign missions to woo investors, state investment, industry and commerce, and small and medium enterprises committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim said 16 delegations went to the United Arab Emirates, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Indonesia to offer information, advisory services as well as start-up or expansion assistance to potential and existing investors.

The total cost for these missions up to September was estimated at about RM12mil and took into account the publication of promotional materials and exhibition organisation and participation.

From January to June this year, the total investment capital by foreign investors in Selangor for approved projects in the manufacturing sector stood at RM3.82bil, said Teng.

He named China as contributing the most to the state’s foreign investment programme.

Chinese consumers had also developed a liking for Malaysian 3-in-1 coffees, biscuits and durian, as well as electronic products, he added

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