Sarawak to Invest RM500 Million in Paddy Field Drainage System Boost

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Govt Sets Aside RM500 Million for Paddy Field Drainage System Statewide

Sarawak to Invest RM500 Million in Paddy Field Drainage System Boost
Sarawak to Invest RM500 Million in Paddy Field Drainage System Boost

In a significant move aimed at bolstering agricultural infrastructure, the Sarawak government has allocated RM500 million for the development of a comprehensive drainage system for paddy fields across key regions in the state. Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg announced this ambitious initiative during a recent gathering, highlighting its pivotal role in enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability.

Funding for Paddy Field Drainage Development

At a high-profile event held at a leading hotel in Kuching, Premier Abang Johari disclosed the government’s decision to earmark RM500 million specifically for the improvement of drainage schemes in critical paddy cultivation areas. These areas include Sri Aman, Samarahan, and Kuching, where the effectiveness of drainage systems directly impacts rice production.

Government Commitment and Collaboration

Speaking at the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI)-Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Gawai Kaamatan dinner, Premier Abang Johari underscored the importance of proactive government investment in agricultural infrastructure. He emphasized that the allocated funds reflect Sarawak’s commitment to supporting local farmers and enhancing agricultural output through modernized irrigation practices.

Seeking Federal Support

Premier Abang Johari also mentioned his ongoing efforts to secure additional funding from the federal government, highlighting a proposal to split the total project cost evenly between Sarawak and the federal government. Despite initial discussions indicating hesitance from federal counterparts due to budget constraints, Sarawak remains steadfast in its commitment, having already pledged RM500 million towards the initiative.

Future Prospects and Expansion Plans

Looking ahead, the Premier hinted at potential expansions beyond the current focus areas of Sri Aman, Samarahan, and Kuching. He acknowledged the agricultural potential in regions like Limbang and Lawas, as well as in smaller traditional farms managed by local communities, which could benefit from similar infrastructure upgrades in the future.

Stakeholder Engagement and Support

The event witnessed the presence of key dignitaries including Premier’s wife Puan Sri Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, and several ministers and industry leaders. Their participation underscored the collaborative effort between government entities, industry stakeholders, and community leaders towards realizing sustainable agricultural development goals in Sarawak.

Conclusion

The allocation of RM500 million for paddy field drainage system development marks a pivotal step towards modernizing Sarawak’s agricultural infrastructure. It reflects the government’s proactive approach to enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability, ensuring that local farmers have access to crucial resources for optimal cultivation. As Sarawak continues to pursue federal support and expand its infrastructure projects, the future holds promising prospects for further advancements in the state’s agricultural sector.

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