KOTA KINABALU: Cooperation between the Sabah State Government and the Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB) will spearhead economic growth through agriculture.
Sabah through its Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries will ensure that cooperation between the two entities are enhanced so that endeavors toward this commodity will grow.
Its Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin in his speech said that the industry is not new in Sabah as it had been introduced in the State but there was a blight at that time and the endeavor was interrupted.
“I believe however that with research and development by the board there will be no repeat of this occurrence,” he said during the closing ceremony of the Pepper Production Technology course in Kuching Sarawak today.
In his speech delivered by his Assistant Datuk Sairin Karno, he also said that his Ministry through the Agriculture Department Sabah has allowed MPB to utilise the Integrated Agricultural Training Centre (IATC) land in Putatan for trial and study planting.
“This is an effort to forge cooperation and collaboration for the future of smallholders in the State,” he said, adding that he was informed that talks on this subjects have been carried out in areas like Kota Belud.
“I am made to understand that visits and monitoring are being held monthly to ensure that farmers adhere to the planting norm, enabling the plants to grow as it should,” he stated.
“As the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, it is my wish to see the people of Sabah, especially smallholders benefit from Government’s initiatives.”
“With the increasingly tough challenges of the global economy, it is only right that smallholders develop and cultivate their land. This is important not only to generate revenue, but also food security for our country, particularly to reduce dependence on imported foodstuffs.”
On another note, he urged the 40 strong participants to utilise the knowledge they had garnered when they returned to their respective home.- Sayangsabah