Sarawak seeks to boost food exports through investment incentives

Uggah (front, second left) and his wife Datin Amar Doreen Mayang (front, left) being briefed on giant squid imported from Peru and Chile which Thian Yien Enterprise has processed into squid abalone slices during a tour of the facility.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, June 29: The state government wants to promote food exports and penetrate more international markets by engaging with private sector players in Sarawak through the provision of incentives to investors.

According to a statement, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this policy is to work towards Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s vision for Sarawak to be a net exporter of agriculture produce and food products by the year 2030.

During Uggah’s recent visit to Thian Yien Enterprise Sdn Bhd, a locally owned company in Kuching which specialises in various sauces and food products, he noted that future import deficits can be reduced by producing more food for export.

Uggah, who is also the Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, highlighted that among major issues to be discussed with the private sector is to decide on the products to be exported by Sarawak.

He was pleased when Thien Yien Enterprise expressed its interest in crawfish rearing for export as he believed that Sarawak has much potential, among them in inland fishery.

“We have big potentials (sic) with the plenty of lands (sic) we have. We also enjoy a reputation for producing healthy food.

“In this business, this trust is a great asset,” Uggah emphasised. — DayakDaily