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Deputy Chief Minister cum Agriculture and Food Industry Miniser Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya HussinYahya takes stock of last year's performance

Deputy Chief Minister cum Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin called upon the departments and agencies under his ministry to align new goals in 2013.

"We must assess last year's achievements and set our goals for this year," said the Minister. He added, the ministry will face new challenges in 2013 and constant changes for improvement must be made.

Yahya said the ministry has a great responsibility to develop Sabah's agricultural sector and areas of weaknesses that have been identified must be addressed and corrected.

"The people rely on us to deliver and a failure to do so will cause dismay," said the Minister at an assembly with officers and staff of his ministry in Wisma Pertanian on January 21st.

He said the ministry must initiate action to address any problem faced by contractors that have or will delay the completion of work. We must be fair as their inability to complete the projects because of these problems would reflect negatively on them. In this context, however, Yahya also stressed that monitoring of work must be done to ensure that it complies with the standard of specifications that has been set.

Reflecting on the ministry's performance last year, the Minister said the state's fisheries sector attracted RM3.21 billion of private investments that are expected to generate RM6.53 billion in returns and 31,231 employment opportunities. Lobster Aqua Technologies Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of Darden America, will be investing RM2 billion in lobster farming at Semporna. In 2011 and 2012, 427 fishermen received fishery-related infrastructure, equipment, marine aquaculture development incentives and human capital development aid that amounted to RM49.5 million.

According to Yahya, RM18 million in plowing subsidies for 29,848 hectares involving 26,046 farmers were given out by the Agriculture Department. 44,185 metric tonnes of the state's rubber production valued at RM422.15 million was sold in the market last year. Sabah Rubber Industry Board (LIGS) profit in 2011 and 2012 were RM44 million and RM34 million respectively. This enabled the LIGS  to shed its  "sick agency" label.

He revealed, overall, a total of 249 development projects and programmes were implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry last year. - Insight Sabah

Posted on January 22, 2013

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