Malaysia is one of the major sago producing countries after Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. With due recognition of its potential as a starch crop, the Sarawak State Government has been promoting and expand this crop.
In 1987 Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) is entrusted by the State Government to develop sago plantation on commercial basis, covering areas in Dalat and Mukah Districts.
The development of the sago plantation was implemented by LCDA owned subsidiary companies, PELITA Mukah Sebakong Sago Plantation Sdn. Bhd. (PMSSPSB) and PELITA Dalat Sago Plantation Sdn. Bhd. (PDSPSB).
To date, about 5,152 ha had been planted with sago palms in its Mukah, Sebakong and Dalat Sago Plantations.
These sago plantations had started producing sago logs since 2004. Its yearly production from these sago plantations area 5,000 logs, which contributed a yearly revenue of approximately RM300,000.00.
These sago logs had help to supply the raw materials to a number of sago factories in Mukah and Dalat districts.
Besides providing raw materials and sources of food, sago palms also act as excellent carbon sink for carbon sequestration to mitigate greenhouse effect and global warming.