Sarawak to build biofeed plant in Mukah under bioeconomy programme
KUCHING: Sarawak will implement its first project under the Bioeconomy Community Development Programme (BCDP) that will see a new biofeed manufacturing facility being developed in Mukah.
The project is expected to promote the growth of the animal and aqua feed industry by converting fish waste and sago waste into high-value protein additives.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed here on Tuesday between Biotechnology Diversified Industries Sdn Bhd and local fishermen and sago smallholders to produce the animal and aqua feed.
The signing was held in conjunction with the launching of Bioborneo and Bioeconomy Day 2017, organised by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, Bioeconomy Corp and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC).
Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the BCDP would help realise the long-term targets of the national Bioeconomy Transformation Programme to achieve RM48 billion in gross national income, create 170,000 jobs and attract RM50 billion in investment by 2020.
Wilfred’s speech was read by ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Yahaya.
Also present were state Education and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee, SBC chief executive officer (CEO) Dr Yeo Tiong Chia and Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corp acting CEO Syed Agil Syed Hashim.
Syed Agil said bioeconomy had an important role to play in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Key technological advances will drive this revolution, including artificial intelligence, the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology and healthcare, 3D printing and the Internet of Things.
“Harnessing bioeconomy’s full potential requires advancement in scientific and technological innovations that can be measured in terms of economic development and societal wellbeing,” said Syed Agil.
He said BCDP project, which focused on bio-based solutions for smallholders and industry players, would also provide competitive advantages to the state’s economy.
(From left) Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corp acting chief executive officer (CEO) Syed Agil Syed Hashim, state Education and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee, Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry secretarygeneral Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhar Yahaya and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre CEO Dr Yeo Tiong Chia visiting an exhibition booth at the Bioborneo and Bioeconomy Day 2017 in Kuching on Tuesday.