SARAWAK’S agro-commodity sub-sectors do not need approval from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to operate, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said.
Uggah who is also Sarawak’s Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman said it was impractical for operators in the industry to operate within a 10km radius as there were many smallholders in the interior.
This is why Sarawak’s agro-commodity subsectors not need the approval from MITI’s Covid 19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0 to operate, like the rest of the country, The Star reported.
Uggah added that the state’s current Movement Control Order (MCO) standard operating procedure (SOP) from June 1 to 14, allowed sectors such as fishery, plantation, farming, breeding and those related to the food chain to continue to operate but with strict compliance to all guidelines.
He said this in response to a statement issued by the Federal Government which said only those in such sectors which had obtained the approval could operate from June 6 onwards.
The statement also said smallholders were exempted if they operate within a 10km radius.
“With the MCO in place, inter-district travel is now restricted.
“They too will have to travel great distances and incur extra expenses if they are allowed to go to the nearest towns to obtain such a permit,” he said.