Awang Tengah leads LCDA delegation to Gold Coast

KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan is currently leading the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) delegation on a technical study visit to Gold Coast and Brisbane, Australia.

According to a press statement, the visit is to study the concept of agropark and waterfront development to enable Sarawak to come up with better planning in these areas of development.

The delegation was given first-hand input in a briefing conducted by Tropical Fruit World, Gold Coast general manager Aymon Gow yesterday.

On top of that, they were given the opportunity to see, taste and learn about fruits from around the world which are grown in a unique place while visiting the plantation where more than 500 varieties of the world’s weird and wonderful exotic fruits could be found.

Also part of yesterday’s itinerary was a scheduled visit to a digital farm where more exposure on digital farming carried out in Australia could be obtained.

“Such exposure is pertinent as Australian agriculture of the future will be digitally integrated at all stages of production, from understanding genetics to transport logistics,” said Awang Tengah.

The Second Urban Development and Natural Resources Minister pointed out that Australia has vast expertise in digital innovation and agriculture to improve decision making for farmers, agribusiness, policy-makers and researchers.

“In short, the delegates gathered input in ‘digital agriculture’ that included activities such as the development, testing and deployment of information and communication technologies for agriculture research, development and delivery.” He said the technical study visit augured well as Sarawak is committed to implementing digital economy.

“This is in tandem with the quest for Sarawak to move forward to spur the development of vast tracks of agricultural land.”

Among those in the delegation were Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh, Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources permanent secretary Dr Wan Lizozman Wan Omar, Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources head of Planning Division Wan Sufian Wan Mustapha, LCDA general manager Datu Sajeli Kipli and Land and Survey Department director Zaidi Mahdi.