KOTA KINABALU: Agriculture is one of the three main focuses under the Sabah Maju Jaya initiative to spur economic growth in the state, says Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
The Sabah Chief Minister said all government departments, agencies and stakeholders must work together to develop the agriculture sector.
"We need full commitment from federal and state agencies to realise this initiative," he said after receiving a courtesy call from Sabah State Farmers Organisation Board (LPP) director Anitah Misuari and her team on Tuesday (April 27).
Hajiji said LPP and other related agencies had provided incentives and assistance schemes for farmers and such efforts were welcome.
Anita also informed Hajiji that Sabah LPP had spent some RM62mil last year to conduct various programmes for farmers in the state.
She said of the total, over RM47mil was for assistance programmes such as fertiliser schemes managed by Sabah LPP for paddy farmers while the remaining amount was for other development and economic-boosting packages.
She also briefed the Chief Minister on other allocations and funds used for various initiatives that had benefitted many farmers last year.
There are a total of 80,184 farmers registered with Sabah LPP.