Rose farmers urged to tap into fragrance industry


  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Jul 2020

A rose by any other name: Shafie smelling a rose during his visit to a rose garden in Kundasang where he launched the Mesilou food park.

KOTA KINABALU: The fragrance of the roses in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu has caught the “nose” of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He is urging the local rose farmers to consider developing the fragrance industry instead of just selling rose stalks and the plant.

“I visited the rose growing area. It smelled very good. You can see that the roses here are of high quality.

“They must consider developing the fragrance and perfume industry,” he told reporters on Saturday after launching the Mesilou Sustainable Food Production Park in Kundasang, about 80km from here.

Shafie noted that the ideal cool weather in the highlands was suitable for the production of high quality roses that can be tapped further.

Shafie said that the state government under its Agricultural Development Blueprint for 2021-2030 was working to develop the agricultural sector, whereby farmers are encouraged to go downstream in developing value-added products.

He said the agriculture sector provided sufficient opportunities for employment as well as businesses to grow.

“Our youths must not rely on white-collar jobs alone, and they should consider going into the agricultural sector,” he said.

He added that some of those involved with Mesilou food park had told him that they can earn between RM10,000 to RM15,000 a month.

“This is good compared to working with the government where employees usually earn a salary of about RM3,000,” he said.

The Mesilou park that involves 18ha has been divided into eight lots and have been in operation since January last year.

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