Sarawak to conduct feasibility study on paddy cultivation at 200-hectare site in Tg Aru, Sundar

Abang Johari (front row, centre) with other dignitaries and officials at the Limbang Waterfront in Limbang on March 6, 2024. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, March 6: Sarawak will conduct a feasibility study on paddy cultivation at a 200-hectare site in Tanjung Aru, Sundar in Limbang.

Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg stated that cultivating paddy will improve the State’s food security while also producing rice.

“We will look into this for research in Limbang, particularly in Tanjung Aru and Sundar—the Sundar area is 200 hectares, and we also intend to plant other crops such as pineapple,” he said during a press conference today at Limbang Waterfront in Limbang.

Based on previous reports, the Sarawak government is currently implementing a pilot project for paddy cultivation on a one-hectare site in Lubok Punggor, Gedong using hybrid paddy seeds from Vietnam which showed promising results of paddy harvest within three months and larger number of yields.

The State government also plans to expand paddy cultivation to a total of 10,000 hectares of land including Tanjung Purun in Lundu, Banting in Lingga, and Spaoh in Betong. — DayakDaily