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By Wendy John
SIBU, Dec 29: Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) wants the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development to set up a durian collecting, processing, and packaging centre (CPPC) in Song district.
According to its president, Munan Laja in a press statement today, a CPPC will be suited for the district as Song is famous for durian and dabai (black olive).
“Everybody is asking for durian and dabai from Song because the fruits from the area are tasty and of high quality,” he pointed out.
He added that during the fruiting season, there is an abundance of durian and dabai from the district which need to be delivered to as far away as Sibu, Bintulu, and Kuching for sale, which are very far and time consuming to deliver to.
The setting up of a CPPC in the area will cater for farmers in the whole of Kapit divison and it would help to transform the division into a producer of durian and dabai which can be exported to the whole world.
“The agricultural sector is expensive and challenging. In order for the country to succeed, the government must come in and put the necessary eco-system for the sector to prosper. The transformation of the rural population depends very much on the success of agriculture,” he added.
Munan also pointed out it was the wish of the party for the year 2020 to see the setting up of CPPC in Song district. — DayakDaily