Close ties expedites modernisation of agro sector — Yahya

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KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin is confident the close cooperation between the Sabah and federal governments will further expedite modernisation of the state’s agriculture sector.

He said this was evident with the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of the RM66 million allocation for the agropolitan projects in Kota Belud and Pitas.

Yahya, who is State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister, said the allocation was part of the RM2.98 billion allocated for Sabah in the 2013 Budget.

As the minister responsible for the development of the agriculture sector in the state, I thanked the prime minister for his concern, he said in his speech at the opening of the Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen’s Day convention near here today.

Yahya said agriculture was one of the sectors which provided an important source of income for the rural people, as well as contributed to the country’s economic growth.

The government, he said, was confident of the agriculture sector playing a more significant role in generating the people’s economy.

“The transformation of this sector has to be further enhanced, from the planting stage to the marketing of agriculture produce, through programmes to produce more agro-entrepreneurs, encourage good agriculture practices and upgrading of infrastructure,” he added.

The Sabah government, he said, had allocated RM375.58 million in the 2013 Budget, involving RM4.088 billion, for agriculture. — Bernama