SPAOH, Jan 3: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said all village security and development committees (JKKK) in the state are expected to hold at least six meetings per year beginning this year.
He said this was to ensure they were effective in serving the people.
“The Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Abdul Rahman Johari Tun Openg has allocated a sum of RM100 million to strengthen the JKKK institution.
“This indicates state government appreciates and fully supports the important roles they play,” he said before presenting development grants totalling RM240,000.00 to 22 groups and surau committees here today.
Uggah also said secretaries of the JKKK throughout the state would be paid a monthly allowance of RM300 starting at the beginning of this year.
The ministry will be setting up a model hydroponic agriculture station here in Spaoh to introduce this modern farming system to the local community.
Uggah said that a fertigation system station was already in place at SMK Spaoh, and soon there would be a new one at Simpang Layang in Betong.
“The Agriculture Department will hold courses soon to acquaint the people with hydroponic system, and to help those interested in breeding goats, sheeps and cows,” he said, adding that the Agriculture Department had a subsidy assistance programme.
“Spaoh holds huge potential in food and livestock productions and with SALCRA now involved in cattle breeding in its oil palm estates plus the people participation in the industry, the government may consider constructing an abattoir here.”
Uggah said that the building of an airport will materialise in the next few years to transport food and food products to the markets as Spaoh is part of the Betong-Sarikei Food Basket area and the Sadok agropolitan area as well. —DayakDaily
Caption: Uggah (blue) presenting cheque to the representative of the group at the function and witnessed by Sohfi (second right) and others.