State agriculture sector needs more innovative entrepreneurs

Uggah (centre) showing the frozen dabai and dabai paste produced by Chuo’s company.

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SIBU, Oct 3: The state agricultural sector is in need of more committed and innovative entrepreneurs to bring it to greater heights.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this was needed in view that the state is aiming to be a net food and food product exporter by 2030.

He said this after visiting Sarawak Fruit Enterprise, a local fruit collecting, processing, and packaging centre for durian, dabai, rambutan, isu, cempedak, and others here.

From right: Uggah, Tapa, Dr Richard and Lidam trying out the durian ice-cream produced by Chuo’s company. Chuo is on the left.

The company at Wawasan Road here belongs to a young entrepreneur, Chuo Nang Ling, who is an electronic engineer by training.

Uggah who is also Modernisation Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister was impressed by what Chuo was doing after visiting Chuo’s company.

Uggah added the company could be an anchor company for Sibu for fruits like durian and dabai in particular.

Chuo started his business in January 2018. His company produces frozen fruit, fruit paste, frozen fruit pulp, nut, dried fruits, fruit crackers, durian and dabai ice cream and others.

He disclosed that fruit farmers from Ngemah, Bintangor, Julau, Sarikei, Song and Stapang are his suppliers while his products have been marketed locally and some to Peninsular Malaysia.

Accompanying Uggah’s visit to Chuo’s company were three political secretaries Lidam Asaan (Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry), Dr Richard Rapu and Tapa Ata (both from the Chief Minister’s Office). — DayakDaily