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KOTA KINABALU, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- Security buff in Sabah especially on the east coast through the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) will help the state agriculture and fisheries industry grow, said Deputy Chief Minister cum State Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.
He said besides ensuring security for producers and fishermen, buffing up security will also attract more investors to invest in the state.
“It will help to give confidence to investors that it is safe to invest here and also enable the investors to invest especially in fisheries without being threatened.
“I think it will help the (state agriculture and fisheries) industry grow well here,” he told a press conference here today.
Earlier, Jeffery officiated the 12th Sabah Livestock, Aquaculture and Agriculture Expo at Sabah International Convention Centre which will run for three days beginning today with the participation of 30 companies.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor in a statement issued in conjunction with the expo said the agriculture sector alone contributed 15.9 per cent to the State’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year, the third highest contribution after its services sector at 47 per cent and mining and quarrying at 26 per cent.
He said Sabah is among the main exporters of fresh fish produce in Malaysia, contributing RM2.03 billion or about 15.7 per cent annually to the state’s GDP.
“The state government is focusing on downstream processing for its capture fishery into high-quality products, with the federal empowerment on deep sea fishing to the Fisheries Department of Sabah, there are huge potentials for investors to venture into deep fishing and related downstream industries,” he said.
On livestock, Hajiji said the state beef self-sufficiency level is projected to increase until it reaches 21.3 per cent by 2030, with the population of buffalo and cattle to be 26,248 heads and 148,305 heads respectively.
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