DCM: S’wak govt buys RM1.5 mln in goods from farmers, fishermen during pandemic

KUCHING (July 2): The Sarawak government has spent RM1.5 million to buy produce from local farmers and landings from fishermen to help them address selling difficulties during this pandemic.

Minister of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state government is ready to replenish the funds when the RM1.5 million has been exhausted.

“It is a fact that our farmers have been facing difficulties in selling their produce since it’s still MCO (Movement Control Order) now. My ministry has allocated funds to buy produce from our farmers.

“This is to make sure that someone is buying their produce and we still continue to buy from them,” he told journalists after launching the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi) Prihatin programme at the Stadium Perpaduan Covid-19 Vaccine Administration Centre (PPV) here today.

Local fruits were handed over to some 300 front-liners serving at the PPV, which is capable of vaccinating 4,000 individuals daily.

Uggah, who is a deputy chief minister and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman, said the fruits were meant to uplift the spirits of all front-liners at the PPV.

“Our staff here have been working very hard to make sure the vaccination programme is going well. I’m happy to see their performance, they are doing well with a lot of people vaccinated every day.

“There were a lot of problems at the beginning but now everything is going on smoothly,” he added.

He also thanked all who helped ensure the vaccination process ran well.

As of June 30, a total of 63,538 individuals had been given vaccinations at the PPV.

--Source: Borneo Post

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