Sunday, September 20

Saberkas to train members on modern farming next year – CM


Abang Johari, flanked by Saberkas deputy president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (left) and Saberkas secretary-general Safiee Ahmad, leads Saberkas supreme council members to the meeting room. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The Sarawak United National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) is planning to turn its Saberkas Agrotechnology Centre (Sagrotek) Agropark into a lab for an internship programme to train members into becoming modern farmers, starting next year.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the plan is still at the preliminary stage and that Saberkas is looking to work with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and a company from Singapore to initiate the programme.

“We want to give emphasis on modern farming to complement the state government’s effort in developing the state’s agricultural sector.

“That was why Saberkas set up the Sagrotek Agropark in Paya Paloh, Samarahan, as a sort of a lab to train its members to use technology as a process in agricultural production,” he told reporters after chairing a Saberkas supreme council meeting, here yesterday.

The Saberkas president said under the programme, members from throughout the state can go to Sagrotek Agropark where they will learn to make use of technologies such as
fertigation and others, to enable them to carry out smart farming.

He added that the details of the programme would only be made known within the first quarter of next year after the preliminary studies have been done.

The RM1.04 million Sagrotek Agropark was opened in 2015 on a 12-acre plot.

On a related note, Abang Johari said Saberkas would also be emphasising on youth sporting activities next year by organising sports and recreational sporting events throughout the state.

Abang Johari (left) being greeted by Saberkas deputy president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah as he arrives for the supreme council meeting.

He said this initiative could unearth undiscovered talents among Sarawakian youths in sports, as part of the
state’s efforts to develop its athletes.

“We want our youths to participate and take part in this opportunity in sporting events because apart from participating in the annual Borneo Games, we can also train our young
athletes for Sukma (Malaysia Games).

“The state government will also give incentives to the athletes as well,” he added.

On a related topic, the chief minister said Saberkas is also planning to organise its Saberkas Run annually starting next year due to overwhelming reception.

While the last run was held in September, the previous edition took place in 2006 as it was only organised based on needs.

“This year (in September) it was held during the haze season. Despite so, the reception was very overwhelming – more than 2,000 people participated.

“As such, we are planning to hold Saberkas Run every year starting next year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari reminded Saberkas units and branches throughout the state to hold their general meeting soonest as Saberkas will be having its 15th triennial general meeting next year.

For Saberkas units, their general meeting must be held between January and February 2020, while branches must have theirs between March and April 2020.

The TGM is expected to be held between June and October next year.

Saberkas currently has some 48,000 members statewide.