Sweet venture for better lives

Henry Kanyan (left) and Ngalai with a MD2 pineapple.

SIBU: Residents in the Oya-Pakoh and Sekuau areas are encouraged to venture into MD2 pineapple cultivation which can help boost their income.

Oya-Pakoh Bar and Area Development Association chairman Henry Kanyan Vincent Rawing said pineapple was in high demand locally as well as internationally.

“I urge people in rural areas, especially in Batang Oya-Pakoh and Sekuau areas, to venture into pineapple cultivation as well as other crops such as oil palm and pepper, ” he said at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Alrawda Venture for a MD2 pineapple cultivation project in Ulu Oya and Batang Oya.

The memorandum was signed by Henry Kanyan and Alrawda Venture representative Mohamad Bakhtiar Affendi.

The event was witnessed by Selangau district officer Henry Inting Nyami representing state assemblyman Christopher Gira Sambang.

Henry Kanyan, who is also PRS Youth exco member, said the project involved 1,095 participants comprising Native Customary Rights (NCR) owners, covering more than 16 areas.

“This MOU will allow landowners to manage and grow their own pineapples on their land and subsequently sell the produce to Alrawda Venture, ” he said.

A community leader of the area, Penghulu Andrewson Ngalai Asom, said the Ulu Oya and Batang Oya areas would become high-quality sweet pineapple producers once the MD2 pineapple cultivation project commenced.

“It not only boosts the agricultural industry among the locals but most importantly will stimulate the economy through commercial cultivation of pineapple, ” he said.

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