KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Agriculture Department has successfully applied its strategic control measures to handle the spread of the harmful Mexican weeds, Parthenium hysteropnorus, which has been found growing in several areas in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Yahya Hussin, said through the Agriculture Department, they have also set up the Pest Control and Monitoring Panel committee, besides from activating operative rooms in the department’s level to handle the issue.
Based on their inspection, he said the weed is not widespread in the state and it only grows in 16 small areas located in Ranau, Keningau, Tenom, Tuaran, Sipitang, and Kota Marudu districts
“The short term solution is to monitor, eradicate, and curb its spreading, with awareness campaign has also been launched,” he said in the state legislative assembly.
He was responding the question raised by Datuk Ahmad Bujang (BN-Sindumin) on the Mexican weeds problem in the state and the follow-up actions taken by the ministry to control its spread.
He said the weeds have been identified and confirmed to be growing at Kg. Lasing, Ranau in 14 December last year in a 12’X12’ area.
Yahya who is also the state Minister of Agriculture an Food Industry, said the Agriculture Department has come up with a long term strategic plan through its development and research programme on the weeds problem and has carried out continuous monitoring and control operations.
He said a standard operating procedure has also been prepared to solve the problem.
“Thanks to the efforts of the ministry’s officers and departments’ employees, the weeds problem is now eradicated and curbed from spreading to other locations,” he added. – SayangSabah