By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, May 17: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) is working with Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd (Sains) to create a database application that will allow them to track the presence of crocodiles in real time.
Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Urban Development Datu Len Talif Salleh stated that the database application allows the crocodile population to be continuously monitored and hotspots of human-crocodile conflict to be identified.
Len Talif was responding to Kabong assemblyman Mohd Chee Kadir’s supplementary questions in today’s question-and-answer session in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here.
Chee was wondering if the government planned to use cutting-edge technology to monitor the crocodile population in Sarawak in today’s modern and sophisticated era.
“The Sarawak government is always ready to pioneer and lead the use of the latest technology in any field.
“Generally, drones and GPS are used to observe and record the distribution of crocodiles and crocodile nests.
“Right now, SFC is collaborating with Sains to develop a database application and monitor the presence of crocodiles in real time. With this, the crocodile population can be continuously monitored and the hot places of human-crocodile conflict can be identified,” Len Talif said.
Len Talif continued, “However, we must accept that we must share the habitat with crocodiles and take appropriate measures to reduce the risk of crocodile attacks.” — DayakDaily