Establishment of Sago and Nipah Board will boost rural economy, says Sarawak PM

Rumbia trees, also known as balau, are the main source of income for the Melanau people, especially around Mukah and Dalat. Mukah has the largest sago plantation area in Sarawak. The Sarawak government, through the establishment of the Nipah and Sago (Linas) Industry Development Authority, pays particular attention to commodity development. — Photo from Bernama file

Saturday 28 May 2022 21:59 GMT

MUKAH, May 28 – Sarawak’s Sago and Nipah Development Board (SNDB), which was approved last February, can boost the expansion of the two-commodity industry to further strengthen the economy of rural communities , Prime Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg said.

With a role of studying, upgrading and producing downstream products in the sago and nipah industry, he said the council was established with an allocation of over RM30 million.

Abang Johari said studies have found that sago and nipah trees that grow in mangroves along Sarawak’s coastal areas have three times the carbon storage rate of other trees.

“As such, I think it is appropriate that we set up this development council of Sago and Nipah. Oya and Dalat are the study centers for this new industry,” he said during the launch of the Melanau Heritage Gallery in Oya near here today.

In the meantime, he said the Sarawak State Assembly session had recently amended the State Land Code to change the definition of land under the code to empower the government of the state. State to control airspace and all land surface properties.

Abang Johari said the amendment also allowed the state government to regulate land use, on land and at sea, in addition to the seabed that formed Sarawak’s continental shelf for the management and storage of carbon dioxide. carbon or other greenhouse gases.

He said that with the largest carbon storage capacity in Malaysia, estimated at 30 trillion cubic feet, (TCF), the carbon dioxide stored in Sarawak could generate a carbon credit equivalent to RM3.5 billion per year when traded in accordance with the carbon standard that is internationally recognized or accepted.

He said the amendment was part of the state government’s new economic focus aimed at developing Sarawak until 2030. — Bernama

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