Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry today detailed measures by the Sabah Government during the Movement Controlled Order (MCO).

In a statement by the Minister, Datuk Junz Wong said ALL farmers, fishermen registered with Agriculture Ministry and all breeders under B40 Category will receive a ‘one-off’ RM300 aid per person.

“This RM300 aid is a short term measure to alleviate the immediate impact faced by the farmers and fishermen.”

He added, “agro-entrepreneurs in the small medium industry venturing in the agriculture, aquaculture and livestock sector can also apply for a special loan package with 2% interest from Sabah Credit.”

He advised interested parties to contact the MAFI Respond Team at 014-3394766 or 017-2123521 for further information.

As for logistics and transportation sector, he assured that all agricultural produces which includes vegetables, fishes, meat etc will be allowed to continue transportation in order to ensure continuous food supply for Sabahans. Therefore vegetables from Kundasang and else where will be allowed to send to other districts without hassle by any relevant authorities.

Essential agriculture necessity such as chicken feeds, fish feeds and animals feeds ARE allowed to be transported as well as it is important chain to ensure continuity of local food productions.

“However, the maximum number of staffs in the course of transporting goods must be limited to a maximum of 2 staffs as we want to reduce unnecessary contact among persons at the frontline.”

He also noted that transportation of fertilizers are still under the ban until the 31st of March and affected parties are advised to await a review that would be announced in the coming week.

“The transportation ban only applies to vegetable and plant fertilizers, not animal feed,” he said.

The Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre can be contacted at 088-369430 should any issues arise.

As for the palm oil industry, Junz said the ban on new harvest is continued and harvesters are only allowed to send already harvested fresh fruit bunches to the mills until the 27th of March.”

“All operations for new harvests must be ceased until the 31st of March. Palm oil owners are also advised not to retrench workers and they must confine workers to within the plantation on order to ensure movements is reduced and monitored.”

“This ban is across the board, but the Ministry will allow exemptions on a case to case basis because at this critical time, all have to be micro-managed. Please contact 014-3394766 or 017-2123521 to write in for disinfection operations.”

Junz concluded that the public must bear with the situation as the situation is beyond profit and business profits. The Sabah Government takes a position to prioritise lives of Sabahans and NOT to risk life.