Batu Danau rep urges dras­tic steps to check de­cline in live­stock rear­ing in Lim­bang

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THE state gov­ern­ment should con­tinue to en­cour­age the peo­ple in Lim­bang Divi­sion to ven­ture into live­stock rear­ing, es­pe­cially buf­faloes, in a big way.

Ac­cord­ing to Batu Danau as­sem­bly­man Paulus Palu Gum­bang, Lim­bang is al­ready syn­ony­mous with live­stock rear­ing. How­ever, it is learnt that the buf­falo pop­u­la­tion there has gone down dras­ti­cally over the past sev­eral years – from 11,000 to around 5,000 cur­rently.

“There­fore there is a need for a dras­tic plan of ac­tion to pre­vent the num­ber from de­clin­ing fur­ther.

“I also hope that the Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment could con­tinue its re­search on the po­ten­tial for padi plant­ing and other suit­able crops to in­crease the state’s food pro­duc­tion.

“I am con­fi­dent that if fully de­vel­oped, Lim­bang Divi­sion could be­come one of the ‘ rice bowls’ in the state,” he said when de­bat­ing the state bud­get yes­ter­day.

Paulus said as large sec­tions of these ar­eas are also prone to flood­ing, he called for the con­struc­tion of a dam in Ulu Lim­bang to be given top pri­or­ity.

He said the dam would help to con­trol and mit­i­gate flood­ing.

“This is one of the pre-req­ui­sites be­fore we could em­bark on any of the afore-men­tioned projects.”

Paulus also hope that the Min­istry of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports could pre­pare a tourism man­age­ment plan to tap the po­ten­tial in Lim­bang, slated to ben­e­fit the peo­ple and the state.

He noted that Lim­bang has two ar­eas that could be fur­ther de­vel­oped – the Buda Caves in Buda Na­tional Park and the al­ready- estab­lished Mulu Na­tional Park bor­der­ing Lim­bang and Miri di­vi­sions.

“With proper plan­ning, the two dis­tricts lo­cated within the BIMP-EAGA ( Brunei, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Philip­pines- East Asean Growth Area) bor­der­ing Brunei, In­done­sia and Sabah, would be able to take ad­van­tage of its strate­gic lo­ca­tion in cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from the spillover ef­fect from BIMP-EAGA.

“I am also con­fi­dent that the estab­lish­ment of North­ern Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Agency ( NRDA) would also en­able Lim­bang and Lawas to max­imise the po­ten­tial from the spillover from both the High­lands De­vel­op­ment Agency ( HDA) de­vel­op­ment plans and Sarawak En­ergy Bhdd’s North­ern Re­gion Agenda,” said Paulus.

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