Hornbill Unleashed

August 10, 2017

Nancy: Govt ‘agropolitan’ projects to spur rural economy

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

nancy-shukri-1Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri has expressed confidence that the government’s initiative to systematically develop “agropolitan” plantations in rural areas will help local communities in remote areas gain effective new economic opportunities.

The Batang Sadong MP said projects such as the “Ladang Sejahtera” oil palm estate development in the constituency would not only help raise people’s incomes above the poverty line but also provide a sustainable and planned commercial activity for them.

It would also spur the improvement of infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water supply in the surrounding areas, she added.

“This project is an initiative by the federal government to eliminate rural poverty through increase in income, quality of life and continued efforts to catalyse development in outlying areas,” she said.

Nancy said this in her speech when officiating at a ceremony to present complimentary payments totalling RM31,326 to the 138 settlers of the “Ladang Sejahtera” plantation in Sarawak, organised by the Land Custody and Development Authority (Pelita) and the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority Bhd (Felcra).

“The Ladang Sejahtera project in Batang Sadong is a component of an agropolitan project managed by Felcra, with allocation from the rural and regional development ministry and coordinated by the Sarawak state government since 2006,” she said.

“The development concept also focusses on developing idle and remote lands for oil palm projects,” she added.

Nancy said Pelita’s commitment in monitoring the performance of the project together with the state authorities would help in uplifting the livelihood of the local agricultural participants.

She said the settlers would also be issued dividend payments from the plantation’s revenues from the oil palm yields next year.


Source : FMT Online


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2 Comments »

  1. Alfred Jabu owns more than 20,000 hectares of plantation land when he was a DCM and minister in charge of agriculture and rural development but 90 % of Dayak farmers are still living in poverty.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — August 15, 2017 @ 10:22 PM | Reply

  2. For years we have been told of the building of the Pan Borneo Highway but it has taken much time to get it started and before even any significant progress is achieved we have the groundbreaking ceremony for the start of the colossal ECRL. I believe we will see its rapid completion well well before we finish half of the Pan Borneo Highway. Why can’t priority be given to its completion before even embarking on the ECRL? Where is our priority?

    Comment by Joe — August 10, 2017 @ 1:34 PM | Reply


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