‘Ad­dress high cost liv­ing af­fect­ing farm­ers in Se­rian’

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­muel Aubrey re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCH­ING: Any po­lit­i­cal party or politi­cian as­pir­ing to con­test in the Se­rian par­lia­men­tary seat in the com­ing gen­eral elec­tion must ad­dress the is­sue of high cost of liv­ing faced by the lo­cal peo­ple.

A life mem­ber of Area Farm­ers Or­gan­i­sa­tion (AFO) Se­rian, Se­nior Wil­liam Rade, said the farm­ing com­mu­nity in Se­rian Divi­sion needs greater agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment.

He chided a cer­tain po­lit­i­cal party for claim­ing to have brought de­vel­op­ment to Se­rian.

He said the party failed the man­date of the vot­ers, es­pe­cially the poor farm­ing com­mu­nity, whose liv­ing stan­dard has not changed for the bet­ter in the last 25 years.

“Thus, there is noth­ing to shout about when elec­tion is around the cor­ner. They have no proven and track record. They are rid­ing on the per­for­mance of an­other com­po­nent party which I should say has done a tremen­dous job,” he said.

He thus urged the farm­ing com­mu­nity to cast their votes prop­erly and to choose a per­son who is hard-work­ing and one who can help them to im­prove their liv­ing stan­dard, at least on a par, with their coun­ter­parts in ur­ban ar­eas.

Thus, there is noth­ing to shout about when elec­tion is around the cor­ner. They have no proven and track record. They are rid­ing on the per­for­mance of an­other com­po­nent party which I should say has done a tremen­dous job.

“The farm­ing com­mu­nity must not to be hood­winked by the rhetoric and hol­low po­lit­i­cal state­ments and prom­ises made,” he said.

He added that Se­rian was in real need of proper and com­pre­hen­sive, in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment, be it in agri­cul­ture and other de­vel­op­ment.

“Se­rian Divi­sion has a po­ten­tial to be­come a food pro­duc­tion cen­tre in the state be­cause of it prox­im­ity to the state cap­i­tal.

“Most farm­ers in Se­rian are reg­is­tered mem­bers of area farm­ers or­gan­i­sa­tion (AFO),” he said.

Se­nior Wil­liam Rade, Area Farm­ers Or­gan­i­sa­tion (AFO) Se­rian mem­ber

Se­nior (stand­ing cen­tre) in a pho­to­call with the folk of Kpg En­tayan Keropok dur­ing a re­cent visit.

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