Rural folks urged to be involved in “tagang” to generate more income

Uggah (second right) presenting a cheque for the RTP grant to headman Henry witnessed by Richard (second left) and Adrian.

BETONG, Aug 22: Rural folks have been called to be involved in “tagang” (controlled fishing and eco system protection) fish rearing system in rivers as part of the programme to generate more income for their families.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the State Agriculture Department is able to provide local fish species for the rural folks to rear and help them to raise their standard of living.

“The Agriculture Department can supply fishes of well known local species like the “Tengadak”, “Semah” and “Empurau”.

“These fetch very high prices in the market,” he said during an event with the local community here today.

At the event, Uggah who is Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, also announced a rural transformation project (RTP) grant of RM200,000 to the 13-door longhouse to build a retaining wall and improve its “tanju” (verandah).

He added that there will be more activities planned for rural folks using the land that they own to generate more income for themselves.

He said this before presenting piglets to 47 recipients at Rh. Henry Ilon in Senunok near here.

Uggah noted the piglets were contributed by the State Veterinary Services Department under its livestock breeding assistance.

Uggah who is Bukit Saban assemblyman suggested that recipients of the piglets gradually venture into commercial breeding because of the good demands for live pigs and pork among the Dayak community especially during the Gawai Festival.

He added that the rural folks should embrace modern technology like artificial insemination to increase the number of the produce.

Among those present at the function were State Veterinary Services Department director Dr Adrian Susin and a political secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Richard Rapu. —DayakDaily