By Adrian Lim
BETONG, Nov 1: Sarawak’s wild fern, midin from Betong is gaining popularity in Singapore and selling like hot cakes in the lion city.
Modernisation Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that the wild fern was sold off in no time the minute the vegetable hit the market shelves in Singapore recently
“A vacuum-packed packet weighing 250 gram was sold at Singapore $3.00 and $12.00 for a kilogram,” he said during the launching of Bukit Saban Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) roadshow and the launching of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Brutan Ulu sub-branch at Rh. Hendary Jawan in Serudit Atas here last night.
Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister added the GPS state government has in place many income-generating programmes and activities particularly in the agriculture sector to assist the rural people to enhance their standard of living.
“Of special interest is the objective to get our farmers’ participation in modern farming systems like fertigation and hydroponics.
“These do not need vast land or many workers but just the scheduled maintenance which even one or two workers can tend to.
” For the rural Dayak community, I also like to add livestock breeding like pigs rearing to the list.
“The great demand for the meat, whether in times of joy or grief, speaks volumes of its potentials,” he added. —DayakDaily