KUCHING: A new agropark will be set up at Lubok Tamang, Saribas, in central Sarawak to tap into the agricultural potential in the area.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the 1,400ha agropark had been approved by the state government.
He said the Saribas area had potential for commercial cultivation of pineapple, banana and coconut.
“Other crops like ginger and chilli as well as livestock rearing also have potential, ” he said when launching an agricultural community outreach programme at Rumah Kamarau longhouse in Debak, about 275km from here.
Uggah said more details about the agropark would be made known to local farmers soon.
“This is a golden opportunity for those interested in modern farming.
“We welcome those from nearby longhouses and villages to apply for suitable farming lots, ” he said.
Noting that marketing was an integral part of modern farming, Uggah said the government would assist farmers to sell their products.
“At the local level, the area farmers’ organisation will be the buyer.
“We will also consider appointing anchor companies with international marketing links, ” he said.
He added that there was export potential for Sarawak’s products, with a number having penetrated Singapore and China markets.
Meanwhile, Saribas assemblyman Mohd Razi Sitam said the concept of modern farming and marketing could be promoted to local farmers through the agropark.
He also called on graduates to take up the challenge of becoming agropreneurs and take up opportunities in commercial agriculture.