SABAH, THE LAND OF TAPIOCA

Back to the handset like a betel leaf or eels return to the mud. Bajau community heart thrilled when UMNO vice president, Dato 'Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal Hajj returned to his identity with the introduction of Kasava 'Cassava Farming Project' (Straits Times, 29 November 2010).


Among the contents of the article mentioned that the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (MRRD) will expand kasava cassava crops throughout the country to increase the income of rural residents, especially by producing diverse products such as plastics, glue and animal feed palette.

"Cultivation of cassava this kasava identified between rural economic activities that can help boost the economy of the people because the crop can be harvested in a short time, compared to other crops such as rubber and oil palm. Kasava cassava cultivation costs are also low and does not require much fertilizer as well as easy care, "said Shafie Bedega Village Hall, Serian, Sarawak, yesterday.

According to Shafie, after recognizing the fact that cassava needs as natural resources for the rural economy, the government began to introduce cassava as a source of livelihood of rural people.

But why the pilot is quite regrettable instituted the tapioca in Kedah and Perak is not in Sabah; whereas the requirements are more aligned to the needs and interests of the people of Sabah Bajau. Does this action is the government's political agenda even though the Minister in-charge is the Sabah Bajau community?

State Government should accept the fact to demographics and interests of the majority population in Sabah to take the same steps as the federal government. The title 'Sabah, Land Below The Wind' Sabah gained so far not shown an effort to bring Sabah richest state in Malaysia as Sabah has not had any unique travel packages and rich as the island of Langkawi to provide welfare and wealth equal to the local community.

Sabah is rebranded as the 'Land of Tapioca' will return Sabah to the right path as her rice granary of Kedah, but Sabah still like Abu Nuwas (Abun Nawas) to work just to catch the wind!

Dependence on oil palm causes 90 percent of farms in Sabah owned foreign capitalists and the people of Sabah loss of earnings for 99.9 percent of jobs in the oil palm sector monopolized foreign workers not only pose a problem to society but memufliskan Sabah when too much money flowing to Indonesia and the Philippines.

The logging sector and downstream industries cause Sabah dim declining competitiveness and loss of dependence on oil palm that are too large result in leakage to the economic resources of Sabah.

Even after 47 years of independence, political leaders of Sabah still looking economic resources that will not dim that they forget that the tapioca is 'White Gold' is forgotten, while Thailand is rich with the result of millions of acres of cassava green with crops ubikayu Thailand, known as 1.000 plants to use.

The success of cassava agriculture depends more on 'political will' and packaged with the Agricultural Bank loans and 'contract farming' with FAMA to restore the state economy in a short time results 'miracle' tapioca restored the agricultural sector of Thailand and India.

Why restaurants in Sabah should be ashamed of cassava serves as breakfast, lunch and dinner when almost all five-star hotel makes ubikayu as one of the most expensive menu?

via sarinamaya

1 comments:

Rothwell Sebastian said...

I plan to venture into smallholders tapioca plantation. Will the agriculture dept support and is there any land available land (50 to 100 Ha) allocation by the department especially in Sandakan or Kunak? I understand that there is a tapioca processing mill in Sabah and is the mill guarantee to buy Tapioca from contract farmers?

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