KUCHING – Sarawak expects to be the nation’s main export hub for premium pineapples by 2020 with the introduction of the MD2 pineapple seedlings which will cater to rising overseas demand.
Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the state intends to have 3,500 hectares of land allocated for the pineapple cultivation by 2020, with 827 hectares dedicated to the MD2 premium variety.
“For a start, the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) aims to provide RM300,000 in funding to establish a four-hectare plantation for exports to China,” he added, when officiating the launch of the Sarawak Premium Pineapple Farming Pilot Project at Kampung Pan Bau, near here on Saturday.
His comments were made available by the LPNM here today.
Uggah, who is also the Sarawak Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, said the state had good growth potential for the cultivation and export of pineapples in view of the availability of land, low labour costs and close proximity to China.
“The pineapple sector will also benefit local entrepreneurs, especially small-scale farmers,” he said.
Uggah also hoped LPNM would continue assisting small-scale pineapple farmers to improve their monthly income to RM4,000.
Also present at the launch were Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Nogeh Gumbek, LPNM Chairman, Datuk Samsolbari Jamali and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry Deputy Secretary-General (Policy), Sallehhuddin Hassan. – BERNAMA