Agro-tourism activities to be intensified
Published on: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
By: Mail Mathew

TENOM: Agro-tourism activities in the State will be intensified through cooperation between the Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry and the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry.

Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong said he will discuss the matter with Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew who is also Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister.

“This move is in line with the State Government’s aspiration to further boost the agro-tourism sector in Sabah,” he said when launching the Durian and Tropical Fruits Fest, here, Sunday.

“Apart from that, we will also conduct roadshows throughout Sabah as each district has its own plan to highlight its best product.”

To this end, he encouraged locals here to be actively involved in the agriculture and agro-tourism sectors as he is confident that the district has the potential in both industries.

Commending programmes like the fruit fest, Wong said, they could further promote local fruits to local and foreign visitors.

“I was made to understand that there are some 30 stalls in the fest. I hope visitors will grab this opportunity to buy durians as well as other fruits,” he said.

Tenom MP Noorita Sual said the fruit fest augurs well with the Visit Tenom Year 2020 campaign.

“It can encourage locals to promote their agricultural produce as the main attraction for tourists.”

Meanwhile, Kemabong Assemblyman Jamawi Jaafar described fruit plantation as an alternative source of income which can help sustain their economy, especially with the gloomy prospect of commodities like palm oil and rubber.

“More people should be involved in planting fruits, especially in Tenom and Kemabong as the land is fertile and suitable to be planted with durian, and pomelo, among others,” he said. 

Also present were District Officer Sungkim Rumangun, District Council deputy chairman Gerard Bater and Melalap community development leader Nossil Basayu.


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