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Excursion sheds light on agri-port requirements to meet Sarawak’s goals
Posted on : 27 Jul 2022  Source of News: Borneo Post
 


Rundi (fourth right) presents a token of appreciation to agriculture expert in port design Anne Saris (fourth left), flanked by Port of Rotterdam advisor Andre Toet (fourth right), Martin (third left) and other honoured guests.


ROTTERDAM (July 27): In its efforts to aid Sarawak in achieving the ambition of being a net food exporter by 2030, a delegation from Sarawak has gone on an excursion to the port of Rotterdam to study the required agri-port infrastructure needed to encourage exports.

The excursion was led by Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development, his deputy Martin Ben, Permanent Secretary Datu Edwin Abit as well as other key members from the Ministry and accompanied by Sarawak-based Agro Machtigen Sdn Bhd (Agro Machtigen).

The aim of the visit is to gauge the regulation and framework implemented by the Dutch, who are the world’s second largest exporter of agricultural products worldwide, that can be implemented in Sarawak to aid it in its ambition of becoming a net food exporter by 2030.

Furthermore, the group aims to understand the training and developments needed for Sarawak to reach the levels of the Dutch.

“It has been an eye opener to see what is done. We are looking forward towards food security in line with PCDS towards becoming a 2030 net exporter,” Rundi said.

“The complete ecosystem and agriculture gain is required together with government facilitation of agribusiness platform that will create an investor friendly environment.”

Moshe Bujang, director of Agro Machtigen added that aside from logistics costs and supply chain stability, proper construction of an agri-port infrastructure may also help Sarawak with logistical facilitation, which can considerably impact its competitive edge.

“We intend to learn from one of the world’s finest on what critical infrastructure is required to support and sustain food exports in order to fulfil Sarawak’s vision,” he said.

He further elaborated that Sarawak can utilise the framework used by the Dutch to transform rural landscapes close to these agri-ports into climate robust, sustainable food production areas.

Furthermore, by developing ‘food clusters’ near the agri-port areas, Sarawak will be able to optimize the logistics, linking food production areas to internal and external markets and positively affecting social and economic development.

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