Call to set up fruit processing centre in Song

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 02 Jan 2020

Most dabai come from upriver in places like Kanowit, Song and Kapit.

SIBU: Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) wants the agriculture modernisation, native land and regional development ministry to set up a durian collecting, processing and packaging (CPPC) centre in Song district.

Its president Munan Laja in a press statement said CPPC is suited for the district which is famous for durian and dabai (black olives).

“Everybody is asking for durian and dabai from Song because the fruits from the area are tasty and of high quality, ” he said.

Munan added that during the fruit season there was an abundance of durian and dabai from the district to be sold as far as Sibu, Bintulu and Kuching for sale, which is very far and time consuming for the farmers to send.

Setting up a CPPC in the area, he said, would cater to fruit farmers in the whole of Kapit divison and slowly help to transform it into a producer of durian and dabai to be exported worldwide.

“The agricultural sector is expensive and challenging. In order for the sector to succeed, the government must come in and put the necessary ecosystem for it to prosper.

“The transformation of the rural population has to be one that depends very much on the success of agriculture, ” he added.

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