Posted: 24 Aug 2011 12:11 PM PDT
KUCHING, Aug 24 (Bernama) — Sarawak has set aside 4,300 hectares of land in Sri Aman to be transformed into the country's main rice bowl with production expected to start in 2016.
State Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said areas identified in Sri Aman were Batang Lupar, Bijat Stumbin and Banting Lingga.
"The project has been approved by the federal government and it is part of the government's strategy to eradicate poverty in the areas," he told reporters here today.
Jabu who is also Agriculture Modernization and Rural Development Minister said to kick-start the project, a pioneer paddy plantation project was already underway on a 50-hectare site in Stumbin, undertaken by Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas).
He said Limbang, located in the northern part of the state, had also been identified as a potential area for mass paddy plantation and production.
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