Uggah: State Welcomes Businesses With New Agriculture Technologies

KUCHING: Businesses which can introduce new technologies in agriculture are most welcome to operate here in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this as he noted that the state government is doing all it can to find new technologies which can help the state’s agricultural sector.

Speaking during a dinner on Saturday night, he expressed optimism that technology can help increase productivity of the state’s agriculture sector apart from developing it.

He said during his most recent visit to China, he saw how technology has helped revolutionise the country’s agriculture and hoped the same could be done in the state to boost its economy.

That is why we hope that whoever has suitable technology which can help out with Sarawak’s agriculture can come forward and share their knowledge with everyone in the state, he added.

Uggah who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development believes the latest technology can help farmers, especially smallholders living in the rural areas.

He also saw how technology can help farmers market and sell their products without depending solely on government agencies such as the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) or Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra).

During my last visit to China, I saw how technology has helped the locals and small farmers there as each farm, for example, is equipped with facilities which can help sell their products to buyers and I believe Sarawak can have things such as that here, he said.

With technology, Sarawak farmers also have the chance of seeing their farms grow into big businesses which is why the state government is seeking ways to introduce new technologies into the state.

Uggah was speaking during a reunion dinner organised by Persatuan Alumni Dayak Universiti Malaya (Padum) at a hotel here on Saturday.

Also present during the dinner was Samarahan Municipal Council chairman Datuk Peter Minos and event organising chairman William Baja Jap.

Source: Borneo Post