By Emma Victoria
THE Sarawak government will engage the private sector in coming up with a post-Covid-19 social economic policy aimed among others at promoting food exports and drawing investors.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the scope of the public-private partnership is still being studied.
“We will consult the private sector in formulating this policy,” Uggah said after visiting a local company specialising in the production of different kinds of sauces and food products yesterday.
The company exports its sauces to ASEAN countries and Hongkong. It is also involved in the processing of food products for sale in supermarkets.
Uggah who is the Minister of Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development said the government would help thriving local companies to penetrate more international markets.
He said this was to bring to fruition the vision of the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for the state to be a net exporter of food and food products by the year 2030.
“When we can produce more food including for export, we can reduce our future import deficit which in 2018 stood at a hefty RM3.6 billion. One of the big issues involved was deciding on the products which the state could produce.”
“But we have big potentials with the plenty of land. We also enjoy a reputation for producing healthy food. In this business, this trust is a great asset,” he said.
Uggah said one of the potentials for the state was in inland fishery.
“One of the local company had expressed its interest in crawfish rearing for export. We are working on how we can accommodate this interest for a win – win situation,” he added