The government of the Malaysian state of Sabah, which is located on the northern portion of Borneo, has decided not to accept the suggestion for the Malaysia Pineapple Industry Board to expand to Sabah.
When replying to Sungai Manila assemblyman Mokran Ingkat during a Q&A session of the State Assembly on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said that the state government is thinking of setting up its own pineapple board.
Mokran had asked if the state government was open to the desire of the Malaysia Pineapple Industry Board to expand to Sabah as it wants to assist the pineapple farmers in the state. Meanwhile to Moyog assemblyman Datuk Darell Leiking’s question if the state government has any proposal for cultivation of industrial hemp so that it has a new cash crop, Dr Jeffrey said agriculture-based downstream industries are always welcomed.
Earlier when replying to nominated assemblyman Suhaimi Nasir’s question if the ministry has future plans to work with private companies domestically as well as internationally to develop the state’s agriculture sector, Dr Jeffrey said that this has been done. According to him, the ministry has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with several companies on developing the agriculture industry in the state.