Sunday, April 18

Jabu: Agriculture community integral part of devt effort

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KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu has reminded the agricultural community to work together to face future challenges.

He said this was necessary as everyone must realise the part they should play to support the government’s effort to develop the state and the country for the next nine years.

“The state’s success does not only depend on good government but also the involvement of all Sarawakians in making sure that all the development plans are successfully implemented,” he explained.

The Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture also cited the opportunities available for the people such as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) which requires expertise such as technical skills and Science.

“These are all the challenges that require the participation of everyone to achieve what we have planned for the development of the state,” he added.

He stressed that the Ministry of Modernation of Agriculture was committed to ensure the smooth implementation of all programmes, whether federal or state funded projects.

“Besides that, we also must work hand-in-hand with other departments in urban and rural areas,” he said.

He said this when speaking at the presentation of Outstanding Service Award 2010, commemoration ceremony for retiring staff and Majlis Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri for staff of Department of Agriculture at Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday evening.

The three-in-one ceremony was also attended by Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture (Research and Marketing) Datuk Mong Dagang, Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture (Farmer’s Organisation) and Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Water Supply) Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Mondernisation of Agriculture Datu Dr Ngenang Janggu and director of Agriculture Department Lai Kui Fong.

A total of 171 staff members received the Outstanding Service Award, representing around eight per cent of the department’s staff.

The department also commemorated 57 of its staff who will be retiring between October and December this year.