KUCHING, April 15: Marudi assemblyman Datu Dr Penguang Manggil is confident that the proposed agro park and a collection, processing and packaging centre (CPPC) would be set up in Marudi district soon.
This, he said, would help improve the income of the local people, especially those who are willing to venture into modern agriculture.
“Now, we are waiting for the Sarawak government to alienate a piece of land that is suitable for a wide range of agriculture activities, from crops to even livestock breeding,” Penguang told Dayakdaily today.
According to him, crops such as betel nuts, pineapples, coffee, and Musang King durian have been found to be suitable for large-scale commercial agriculture in his constituency.
“On top of that, we also proposed for the setting up of CPPC in Marudi as it will also help smallholders to increase their income,” said Penguang.
The Assistant Minister of Local Government explained the need to set up the agro park as the Sarawak government would no longer issue provisional leases to private companies for plantation.
“With the setting up of an agro park and CPPC in Marudi, we will be able to move forward towards a more developed economy,” he reckoned.
Penguang was elaborating on the issue that was highlighted to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas when the latter officiated at the Baram Agrofest in Marudi yesterday. — DayakDaily