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Kemaskini Pada: 12 Dis 2018
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Sarawak Jamit attends briefing on agriculture plans for Kapit
Tarikh : 03 Aug 2018  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post
 

KAPIT: Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat on Wednesday attended a briefing on the potential and development plan for agriculture in Kapit conducted by the Agriculture Department.

The briefing was held in conjunction with the official visit of head of commercialisation of agriculture division of the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Dr Gluma Saban; assistant director of Sarawak Agriculture Department (Commercial Crops) Dominic Chunggat and director of Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) Sarawak Shahid Abu Bakar to Kapit Division.

Conducted by Agriculture Department (Kapit) assistant director Badin Unor, the briefing was on the following aspects: The potential and planning of agriculture development programmes under 10th and 11th Malaysia Plan, profile of successful projects undertaken by Kapit Agriculture Department and issues arising from project implementation.

Jamit called on the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development to set up an agriculture collection centre in Kapit by 2020.

He mentioned that though the rural communities are rich in land they lack the funds to develop their lands.

Thus they need government assistance like what is done through Rubber Industries Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) to plant rubber. He said.

He also said there is a need for other agencies to set up office here to provide advice on planting of crops like oil palm to those interested.

“Kapit is famous for ‘buah dabai’. We have identified the fruit as an icon for Kapit. Dabai from Kapit fetches high price in the state. The land along Jalan Kapit–Song is suitable for dabai planting,” he added, pointing out that it would provide the participants with good income.

“As for pepper, there is always ready market. By 2020, we plan to cultivate 2,513 hectares involving 19,503 participants to produce 5,026.8 tons of pepper,” added Jamit.

On fishery, Jamit said Kapit is also well known for indigenous fish like Semah and Empurau. He, therefore, called on the Agriculture Department to set up a fishery station in Kapit to breed Empurau and Semah.