Betong landowners urged to venture into grain corn production to boost local economy, create jobs

Uggah (front row, seventh left) posing for a group photo with the cake-baking programme participants. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, March 13: Land owners in Betong are urged to venture into grain corn production to boost local economy and provide job opportunity.

According to a news report from Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) yesterday (March 12), Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas pointed out that Sarawak’s production of grain corn is insufficient to cater for livestock feed and the region still depends on imported grain.

He said growing grain corn or cultivating it locally can reduce the cost of animal feed, as well as empower and diversify the economic activities of the local community in addition to enhancing existing economic activities, thus helping to increase their income.

Uggah said this when attending a cake-baking programme organised by the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Bukit Saban Women’s wing on Saturday (March 11).

He added, the government has various aspirations to increase the people’s income as outlined in Post-Povid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, but it requires the commitment and involvement of the public to be successful.

Apart from that, he said as the Minister for Infrastructure and Port Development (MIPD) Sarawak, he will work together with Betong MP Dr Richard Rapu, to advance the education and economic sectors in Bukit Saban constituency. — DayakDaily