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Go into agro-tourism, farmers are urged
Published on: Thursday, March 21, 2019

TAWAU: State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong encouraged more farmers to be involved in agro-tourism to maximize the impact of promoting Sabah tropical fruits as one of the tourism attractions and products offered in the State.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) would be working closely with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment in order to fully tap this potential.

During a visit to a local durian farm belonging to one Pang, it was revealed that more than 25 trees were planted across his two-acre farm for over 40 years.

“It is so encouraging to witness a little local durian farm become a popular place for locals to buy and eat durians here.

“Durian lovers should visit the farm more often. There are several varieties of tasty and delicious local-bred durians which have been planted in this farm,” he said to the media during the visit at Pang’s Durian Farm at Sin On Tiku, here, Wednesday.

Wong also suggested the durian farm to be listed and included in the durian tour package for Chinese tourists keen on trying Sabah durians in Tawau

While durian has become a massive hit among tourists, other tropical fruits such as rambutans, langsat, mangosteen, kedundong, and more are also grown in the farm.

“It is a very enriching experience to enjoy consuming local fruits at the farm. You can even walk around the farm and pick up fruits that have been dropped from the trees,” he added.

Sabah is a popular tourist destination for its pristine beaches, beautiful islands, lush tropical forests, and Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia.

The State is also popular for its seafood products and local tropical fruits which have been receiving a lot of attractions.



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