Venture into modern farming in rural areas, Uggah tells youth

Uggah (third left) presenting a cheque for the RM30,000 grant to Spaoh Government Pensioner's Association’s chairman Hazmi Jahan. Also seen is Richard (left).

SPAOH, Sept 7: The youths have been called to venture into the agriculture sector in particular modern farming in rural areas such as Spaoh here.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state government has various programmes and plans to assist the youth to build up their entrepreneurship in modern farming to generate income for themselves.

“Spaoh’s greatest potential is in the agriculture sector. It is part of the Bukit Sadok Agropolitan area which we are preparing to implement.

“While we have these potentials, we have a big problem with only the ageing population and some businessmen staying put.

“I hope the youth can come back to go into modern farming which can be a very lucrative business,” Uggah who is Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister said during an event here yesterday.

He stressed that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government has plans and programmes for the youths.

Uggah said the youth could select those programmes that appealed to them the most during the upcoming Agriculture Department’s AgriCop or agriculture community outreach programme which will be held at several longhouses here this month.

He added that the state government will also set up a Pusat Giat Mara in Spaoh to train the people in income generating activities.

Uggah trying out his skill in top spinning during an event organised by the Spaoh Top Spinning Sports Club.

On politics, Uggah who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president hoped that the people would continue to remain united in supporting the GPS state government as this would greatly facilitate the implementation of the state government’s agenda.

“In view of the coming (state) election, the opposition….they will come, as usual.

“They will instigate the people and discredit the government.

“But for us (in GPS), we have no time to quarrel.

“We want to improve the peoples’ livelihood and assist them in getting better income,” he said.

On another matter, Uggah who is Second Finance Minister called on the members of the Spaoh Government Pensioner’s Association especially the retired teachers to provide free tuition to students when launching the association here.

At the function, Uggah who is Bukit Saban assemblyman announced a grant of RM30,000  from himself and Betong MP Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat to the association.

Earlier, Uggah attended a function organised by the Spaoh Top Spinning Sports Club (Kelab Sukan Gasing Spaoh).

Accompanying Uggah during his trip was a political secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Richard Rapu. —DayakDaily