Thursday, May 28, 2009

Good business opportunity in food industry: Fatimah

BINTULU: The food industry in the state has a big potential to ve expanded.

This is because the demand for food would always be there irrespective of the world economic situation, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Human Resource and Training) Datin Fatimah Abdullah said Saturday.

She was officiating at the Bintulu Food and Trade Fest at Medan Niaga Jepak.

Fatimah said the government was always supportive of the food industry, and would continue to promote the sector.

The products, she said cold be derived from the sea or agricultural resources, and they could be in processed or cooked form.

“Food business actually doesn’t need big capital to start, but it gives good profit to the entrepreneurs compared to the other businesses,” Fatimah added.

Fatimah who is also Assistant Minister for Agriculture (Home Economic and Training) said women should take the challenged to venture into food business.

By going into business, the women folk would be able to increase their household income, she said.

Fatimah said the projected increase in population here due to the implementation of various projects under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) presented an opportunity to those keen in doing food business.

She also urged local food entrepreneurs to diversify their products, including introducing more traditional products to meet the demands of the people.

“We must not only look at the locals, but also people who come from other divisions and outside the state,” she said.

On the food festival, she said it could be a mechanism to attract local entrepreneurs to involve in food business seriously and improve their socio-economic status.

Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Bintulu Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis, Bintulu Development Authority senior manager (environment) Wan Ibrahim Wan Ali were among those present.

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