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Plant imported fruits, Kundasang farmers urged
Published on: Saturday, December 08, 2018

Kundasang: Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal urged farmers in the district experiment with planting imported fruits in order to increase the variety of local agriculture produce.

"Apart from cultivating local fruits and vegetables, farmers should also diversify by planting imported fruits like apples and oranges. We noted that fruits like grapes and strawberries which in the past were only available through imports, were already being planted locally.

"Not only it will ease our reliance over imported products, but also open farming and agriculture to a new and higher level," the Chief Minister said, when officiating the 2018 Pesta Kubis at the Pentas Terbuka Pekan Kundasang on Friday (pic).

He told farmers to innovate their local produce in order to increase the value and make them more attractive to the outside market, which could then open the door to exporting them.

"The government would do its part by giving support to all kinds of effort which would result in better outcome our local farmers. Maybe in future we will also reactivate the Sabah Padi Board," he said.

Shafie also told locals to work on their lands by planting various kinds of trees that would generate income for the household and not to sell off their lands to outsiders even if offered high prices.

He also stated that the government would intervene in the cases which involves disputes between the people and GLCs concerning land ownership and will be siding with the people who actually have been living in a particular area for a long time.

Meanwhile, Ranau MP, Jonathan Yasin, urged the people here to move forward by involving in various industries and not only rely on agriculture as their source of income.

"We cannot rely on the agriculture sector alone. It is time that we move to the second phase of our struggle which is factory. This is why we must try to be involved in new fields and look for business opportunities that are bigger and more challenging," he said.

Jonathan said Shafie would support all the development plans in the district especially those involving roads, schools, tourism and others which would benefit the people and increase the standard of living of people here.

Earlier, Shafie also officially opened the Kiau Pineapple Factory in Kg Kiau, where he also approved an allocation for a vehicle which would be used to transport pineapple fruits to be marketed.

He also approved an allocation of RM2 million for the upgrading of the Kundasang Community Hall which currently in unfavorable condition, as well confirming that the construction of SMK Kundasang has entered the tendering process.

Also present were Minister of Infrastructure Development, Datuk Peter Anthony, Minister of Agriculture and Agro Based Industires, Datuk Junz Wong, Minister of Rural Development, Datuk Ewon Benedict, Paginatan Assemblyman, Datuk Abidin Madingkir, UPPM Kundasang, Siriman Basir, Ranau Disrict Officer, Hj Faimin Kamin and others. - Clarence G Dol

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