TOUCHING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE
I am blind. But
I have hope - for a better life. This hope is given to me through the
assistance from the Social Welfare Department in Sibu. They provided me
with the means to improve my small rattan basket-making business and enhance
the subsistence of my family's living expenses. Today, my children's future
looks brighter, thanks to Social Welfare.
Thanks to the oil
palm... the livelihood of Kanowit people is definitely improving. This
improvement is expedited by the Kanowit Oil Palm Plantations (KOP) Sdn.
Bhd. KOP is a smart partnership formed three years ago between the native
landowners, private sector and state government using land banks scheme.
Sugar is sweet
and so is sugar cane. The sugar cane industry at the Ranan area is given
a boost by the Dept of Agriculture, Kanowit. Fifteen farm families received
assistance in kind - equipment and machinery - to start, maintain and
increase their sugar cane plantations. The purpose is to establish sugar
cane as the food production industry for Kanowit.
Sold. Five more
to go. A project under PPRT (Program Pembangunan Rakyat Termiskin), a
hard core poor family in Mukah is given six cattle to rear and fatten.
The sale of the cattle will assist in increasing the family's income.
Given the success of the project, more cattle shall be provided with the
aim to commercialise a potential meat production industry. This project
is a collaboration between Mukah District Office and SEDC.
A little help goes a
long way. This is a true fact for these enterprising women in Kampung
Masjid. These women are in the sago pellet production business mainly
for local consumption. The help comes from the Department of Agriculture
Balingian, in the form of equipment and machinery. The department also
assist them in updating and recording monthly production and sale.