By Adrian Lim
SARIKEI, July 24: Local vegetables such as Midin have received robust demand in Singapore.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said there is strong demand for local vegetables such as Midin and Terung Dayak to be marketed in Singapore as these are getting popular there.
“I have seen that Pakan town has huge potential especially in terms of agriculture development.
“I asked the (Sarikei) Resident. Is there Midin here? Because Singaporeans like Midin very much.
“We have a (trade) office (Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (Statos) at Jalan Robinson, Singapore.
“Singapore’s office has called and asked us to increase the stocks of Midin,” he said prior to launching the second phase of Jalan Pakan or Ulu Kota at Pakan here yesterday.
He added local eggplant such as Terung Dayak will also be marketed together with Midin at the retail outlets in Singapore in the future.
He asserted that Singaporeans are very particular about food security in their daily food consumption.
Thus, he said Sarawak needs to provide good packaging and marketing of the produce there to attract more buyers.
On another note, Abang Johari who is Finance and Economic Planning Minister said the state government is looking into approving the third phase of the road construction spanning eight kilometres which will connect Pakan district to Ulu Krian in Saratok district.
He disclosed that the second phase of the road construction from Jalan Pakan to Ulu Kota spanning 15.4 km is a continuation from the first phase which ranges 13.3 km.
Besides, Abang Johari said the state government will look into providing affordable Internet services to the rural community including those living in Pakan. —DayakDaily