Rural farmers get govt aid to improve living standards

Uggah (third from left) with bags of fertiliser meant for farmers in Pusa.

RURAL areas in Sarawak, such as Muton Undai, are set to benefit with the implementation of various agricultural projects by the state government.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said subsidies for padi and fertiliser had been channelled to farmers to improve their living standards.

Sarawak government would also be providing other aid, such as oil palm seedlings and musang king durian seedlings through Sarawak Agriculture Department to help those in need, he said.

Speaking at the launch of the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCop) Series 24 at Rumah Remi Ambau in Pusa, Uggah urged longhouse residents to use the opportunity to increase their income by improving the yield of local products.

He pointed out that the Beting Maro area was suitable for production of food products such as apong sugar.

During the ceremony, Uggah, who is Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, presented 3,000 musang king seedlings to residents in Muton Undai area.

He also presented contributions to 10 women’s bureaus there, with each receiving RM2,000, while Parent-Teacher Association of SK Muton, Pusa, received RM10,000.

Four longhouses received fertiliser aid while RM62,500 was channelled to the Muton Undai Village Development Committee from the Beting Maro Service Centre. — By ANDY CHUA

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