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Sarawak To Push The Potential Of Home-Grown Coffee

From: thestar.com.my

KUCHING: Coffee is a potential crop that could raise the income of farmers in Sarawak, but efforts are needed to improve its production and yield, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

He said Sarawak was located within the “coffee belt” (an area around the equator ideal for growing coffee), and that coffee had been cultivated in the state from as early as 1867.

“We believe in the agricultural potential of coffee here, which will allow our smallholders to find a new source of income and diversify their existing crops,” he said when opening the first Borneo Coffee Symposium here on Saturday (April 6).

His speech was read by Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Ministry permanent secretary Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik.

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