Sarawak has various economic enhancement programmes for the hardcore poor that would be implemented this year through its 31 agencies coordinated by the respective Resident Offices of the 12 divisions in the state.
Its Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas said the economic enhancement programme for the poor and hardcore poor which will be implemented by state and federal government agencies would not be restricted to agricultural activities or only those who owns the land.
“In fact, the programme also involves non-agricultural activities to assist the poor that did not own lands, such as providing them sewing machines or food processing machines,” he said.
Bernama reported as he was saying after a presentation session by the Sarawak Central Zone Rural Economy Transformation Committee which also involved the resident offices of Sibu Division, Mukah Division, Sarikei Division and Kapit Division in Sibu on Monday, Jan 23.
“We are targeting to improve the income of the poor to RM4,000 per household.
“We have set aside RM122 million to assist the poor who are involved in various agricultural and other activities,” Douglas Uggah who is also the Sarawak Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Economy said.
Apart from that, he said, the focus would also be given to the preparation of marketing infrastructure not only in terms of collection centres for agricultural produce but also semi-processing centres for downstream activities.
He said the state government was also looking into forming anchor farms that could support the smallholders, including exporting their products overseas.
In Sarawak, the rural poverty rate is currently 1.6% as against the urban poverty rate of 0.5%.