Min­istry con­sult­ing KTS on kelu­lut honey pro­duc­tion

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KUCHING: The Min­istry of Moderni­sa­tion of Agri­cul­ture, Na­tive Land and Regional Devel­op­ment is con­sult­ing two com­pa­nies that have com­mer­cialised kelu­lut honey to ex­pand the ex­port of the honey from the state in the global mar­ket.

Its min­is­ter Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas, who is also Deputy Chief Min­is­ter, dis­closed that the two par­ties are Rim­bunan Hi­jau (RH) and KTS .

"We are in the process of dis­cussing with RH and KTS be­cause both the com­pa­nies pos­sess more than 5,000 logs of kelu­lut bees at their re­spec­tive plan­ta­tion sites.

"They are ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing a cou­ple of tonnes of honey within a cer­tain pe­riod of time. We are look­ing at how we can ex­pand our mar­ket to out­side the coun­try in col­lab­o­ra­tion with RH and KTS, which al­ready have their in­ter­na­tional mar­ket," he said af­ter launch­ing the Parti Pe­saka Bu­mi­put­era Ber­satu (PBB) Mu­rum branch in Uma Bawang, Sun­gai Asap, Be­laga on Thurs­day.

As­sert­ing that kelu­lut honey "has high po­ten­tial", Ug­gah said rear­ing kelu­lut bees would not be too com­pli­cated be­cause farm­ers do not need to feed those in­sects or take care of them.

Ac­cord­ing to him, dis­trib­u­tors of kelu­lut honey in Penin­su­lar Malaysia ob­tain the sup­ply from en­trepreneurs in Sarawak where the price is lower.

On the PBB Mu­rum branch, Ug­gah asked that they kept a good record of ev­ery mem­ber so as to fa­cil­i­tate var­i­ous devel­op­ment pro­grammes later.

"Keep a pro­file of mem­bers in­clud­ing their oc­cu­pa­tion, ed­u­ca­tion back­ground and what type of pro­grammes they ex­pect and whether they have en­joyed the fruit of the cur­rent devel­op­ment," he said.

He added that the Barisan Na­sional gov­ern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg and Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak had launched sev­eral pro­grammes for the well­be­ing of the com­mu­nity.

Ug­gah (fifth left, front row) about to beat the gong to sym­bol­ise the launch.

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