‘Agro-transformation Aimed At Making Sarawak A Key Food Production Centre’

LIMBANG: The state’s agricultural sector will be transformed using modern methods aimed at making Sarawak a food production centre as well as the main supplier of meats such as beef and mutton.

According to newly-appointed Assistant Minister for Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, such transformation is vital as agriculture remains the main activity and occupation of the people here, particularly the rural folk.

Thus, he stressed that the sector needed to be modernised, focusing on farming, fisheries and veterinary.

Our focus in developing the agricultural sector is to modernise it, increase food production such as the supply of meats like beef and mutton, he said upon arrival at a special ceremony at the airport here yesterday, held to mark his appointment as the new Assistant Minister of Agriculture.

Also present were the Sarawak Mufti Datu Kipli Yasin, Limbang District Officer Jamalie Busri, Limbang Walikota who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Bukit Kota Youth chief Sufian Mohat, PBB Women Bukit Kota chief Nonnimarlini Abdullah, local community leaders and members of the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties.

Dr Abdul Rahman, formerly the Assistant Minister for Welfare and Community Wellbeing,

was given a new portfolio during the recent state cabinet reshuffle announced by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg.

On another subject, Dr Abdul Rahman assured all that the development of buffalo-rearing, which is predominant here and in Lawas District, would also be intensified, adding that the Veterinary Department had been directed to improve the fencing facilities used in this activity.

We will also use artificial insemination increase the number of buffaloes in the state, he said.

On the cabinet reshuffle with some ministries renamed, Dr Abdul Rahman said it would strengthen state administration.

All arrangement of portfolios by Abang Johari combines the strong teams � a move that is important for continuity and enhancement of the state’s BN government machinery.

We will work as a team to realise the vision of the chief minister, who wants Sarawak to achieve the ‘Digital Economy’ status, he said.

Dr Abdul Rahman also thanked Abang Johari for appointing Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as the third deputy chief minister (DCM).

Awang Tengah’s appointment along with two other DCMs � Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing � is not only an honour to him, but also an honour to the people in Northern Sarawak.

At the same time, Dr Abdul Rahman also thanked the people for their strong support for the BN government.

Source: Borneo Post Online