Trans­form­ing agri­cul­ture sec­tor re­mains a pri­or­ity, says Ug­gah

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KUCHING: The Min­istry of the Mod­erni­sa­tion of Agri­cul­ture, Na­tive Land and Re­gional Devel­op­ment (MANRED) will con­tinue to pri­ori­tise the trans­for­ma­tion of the state’s agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas said he was deeply com­mit­ted for the sec­tor to be a dy­namic, mod­ern, and pro­gres­sive one where mod­ern pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies would be among its prom­i­nent fea­tures.

“The suc­cess­ful trans­for­ma­tion will mean we will be able to pro­duce in greater quan­tity and qual­ity.

“It will also mean we will be able to in­crease the in­come of our farm­ers and erad­i­cate the rem­nants of ru­ral poverty,” the Deputy Chief Min­is­ter said when of­fi­ci­at­ing at MANRED ap­pre­ci­a­tion din­ner at Da­mai Puri Re­sort in San­tubong near here on Fri­day.

He added Sarawak would then be a net food ex­porter by 2030 which is the very vi­sion of the state gov­ern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg.

Ug­gah said to­wards this end, all of­fi­cers of the min­istry and depart­ment should pull up their socks to en­sure this pri­or­ity is achieved.

“We all have very im­por­tant mis­sion for our beloved state.

“We have been al­lo­cated a bud­get of RM450 mil­lion un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan.

“There should not be any half­hearted or lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude,” he said.

On the din­ner gath­er­ing, he con­grat­u­lated or­gan­is­ing chair­man and MANRED per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Datu Ik Pa­hon Joyik for the func­tion which he said was an op­por­tune plat­form for all of­fi­cers and their fam­i­lies to get to know each other on more per­sonal level.

“This can con­trib­ute to cre­at­ing a more cor­dial, bet­ter har­mony thus more con­ducive work­ing at­mos­phere for all,” he said.

The evening also saw the pre­sen­ta­tions of ex­cel­lent ser­vice awards to of­fi­cers as well as the pre­sen­ta­tion of ap­pre­ci­a­tion awards to those re­tir­ing and those on trans­fer to other de­part­ments next year.

Present at the gath­er­ing were his wife Datin Amar Doreen Mayang and As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Na­tive Land Datuk Roland Sa­gah and As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Dr Ab­dul Rah­man Is­mail and their wives.

Also present were a po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary Dr Richard Rapu, Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment di­rec­tor Alvin Chai and di­rec­tor of the state Ve­teri­nary Ser­vice Depart­ment Dr Adrian Susin.

Later Ug­gah an­nounced a grant of RM40,000 for the MANRED so­cial and fam­ily club, while Sa­gah and Dr Ab­dul Rah­man gave RM20,000 each.

Ug­gah (third left) presents an ex­cel­lent ser­vice award to a re­cip­i­ent as (from left) Dr Ab­dul Rah­man, Sa­gah and Ik Pa­hon look on.

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