Solar power utilised to run fertigation project in Kakus

John Sikie (third left) being briefed by an Agriculture Department officers during the former's visit to the AFF Fertigation Crops Project in Sungai Bawang in Selangau. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, Nov 21: A fertigation project in Selangau is utilising solar power for its energy needs.

According to a report from Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) today, Kakus incumbent Datuk John Sikie Tayai said the fertigation project is the first ever implemented in the constituency.

He said the Sarawak government through the Department of Agriculture has allocated RM60,000 for Elizabeth Jara’s Fertigation Crop Project to plant 500 chili trees, and this project requires electricity to run the fertiliser machine and other equipment.

“For areas that are yet to have electricity supply, solar energy can be used to supply electricity. This proves that projects such as this can be implemented anywhere even in areas without electricity supply,” he said when met by reporters at the Agriculture Facilitation Fund (AFF) Fertigation Crops Project in Sungai Bawang in Selangau, on Friday (Nov 19).

Meanwhile, Selangau Agriculture Officer James Alow said the Fertigation Crop Project run by Elizabeth is a pilot project under AFF that is being implemented in stages.

He explained that apart from planting chili as a crop, the Agriculture Department also has implemented other projects such as pig and swiftlet breeding projects for individuals or groups, as well as vegetable fertigation projects and Rumbia planting projects. — DayakDaily