Sarawak aims to become net food exporter by 2030, says Abang Johari


KUCHING: The Sarawak government will work with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) to improve agriculture and food production through research and technology.

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said this would contribute towards the state's goal of becoming a net food exporter by 2030, besides attracting the younger generation to venture into farming.

"Our weakness in agriculture is in production, which is inefficient and doesn't produce high quality food. Now is the time for us to use digital methods and technology," he told reporters after launching Unimas' convocation at its campus in Kota Samarahan near here on Monday (June 27).

In this respect, Abang Johari said he had requested Unimas to set up a lab in a rural area to train young farmers to use new agriculture methods such as the Internet of Things (IOT).

"We have to change the perception of agriculture as a difficult job to one that involves the use of technology in order to attract the young," he said.

Abang Johari said Unimas could also conduct studies on coconut and pineapple in the Sebuyau and Sebangan areas, including how to improve yield and downstream potential.

"For example, we can look into producing tinned pineapple and pineapple jam.

"Yield is also important. If we want good yield, we have to use technology," he said.

In addition, Abang Johari said he had requested Unimas to do research on producing fertiliser and livestock feed from raw materials available in the state, such as palm oil waste.

He said this would reduce the state's reliance on imported feed and fertiliser.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Nation

Idris: Stern action awaits woman who performed umrah in men’s clothes
Two men held for Lipis tahfiz school attack
Cooking oil-related items worth RM2.4mil seized since July 1
Police deny abusing drug suspect during raid in Perak
Covid-19 Watch: 3,943 new cases, says Health Ministry
'Mat Kilau' inspires fighting spirit against colonialism, says Zahidi
Sarawak needs more chemical engineers, says Abang Johari
INTERACTIVE: The Thrillseekers: A Tale of Regret
Malaysia’s economy expands 8.9%
Sultan Abdullah grants audience to Qatari DPM

Others Also Read