Sunday, March 7

‘Digitalise planting for better productivity and cost-saving’


Jong (left) presents a fruit basket as a memento to Lee during the association’s annual general meeting.

MIRI: Local planters are encouraged to digitalise their farming method to help resolve the challenges they face in planting as the technology could help them increase productivity and save cost.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said they could learn from Taiwan, as it is known for its developed farming method with the use of digital technology.

“Though majority of the farmers in Miri are small-time planters, it does not mean that they cannot use the technology. Instead, they can start small, adapting the technology to their farming site, and after reaching a certain success, they could expand it,” Lee said when officiating the Miri Division Planters Association’s annual general meeting at a restaurant here yesterday.

Lee, who is advisor to the association, said he understood the frustration and challenges faced by the planters, especially on land.

Thus, he suggested that the association work closely with Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) on renting a bigger land for longer period of time.

“At the moment, the most available place in Miri would be in Kuala Baram. Representatives of Miri Planters Association can discuss and iron out the possibility of renting a strategic place for planters,” said Lee.

On another matter, Lee pledged RM20,000 to the association for their upcoming 40th anniversary celebration in September this year which is expected to be attended by members of planters associations from around the country.

“As there will be many coming from different parts of the country, it would be good for the Miri division to work closely with Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) to introduce to them places of interest around Miri,” said Lee.