The state Department of Agriculture (DoA) has been directed to identify 100,000 hectares of suitable land each for durian, coconut, pineapple and banana cultivation by 2030, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas stated.
“Therefore, you need to adopt and adapt the latest technologies and tools to carry out your survey work,” he said in his speech at the Agriculture Research Officers’ Progress Meeting. His text of speech was read by his assistant minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Ismail.
Uggah stressed that it is crucial for researchers from the DoA’s soil management branch to generate information on soil suitability and availability and the existing land use and hectarage of each crop of economic importance. Uggah said he is grateful that the branch has done a semi-detailed soil survey to update the soil database in Bau, Padawan, Sibu and Sarikei covering an area of almost 45,000 hectares.
On the planting of durians, coconuts, pineapples and bananas, he said a huge amount of agro-based waste will be generated by these crops.
“I am glad that the department’s researchers have taken the challenge by researching the conversion of agro-waste into useful by-products,” Uggah said, noting they have come up with durian husk and banana pseudostem composts that can be used as bio-fertilisers or soil enhancers.
According to malaymail.com¸ the minister said he wants the department to transfer the technology generated to the relevant stakeholders.