Sarawak to build biofeed plant in Mukah un­der bioe­con­omy pro­gramme

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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.

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