Opening of the third collection center for agricultural products

Jeffrey (second from left), Deputy Chairman of the KPD Board of Directors Jalumin Bayogoh (left), Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Datuk Mariana Tinggal (second from right) and Director General of KPD Jamilah Lee (right) posing with some of the agricultural products stored in one of APCC Kota Marudu’s two cold stores.

KOTA MARUDU (12 Aug): The third Agricultural Commodity Collection Center (APCC) run by the Rural Development Corporation (KPD) was officially opened on Friday in Kampung Damai, about 10 km from here.

The center is part of KPD’s long-term plan to develop six such APCCs across Sabah at a cost of RM13,206,320. The other two APCCs completed are APCC Kundasang and APCC Beaufort while three others are nearing completion in Keningau, Lahad Datuk and Telupid.

In his speech, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima, Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan commended the KPD for its continued efforts to help farmers in rural areas sell their produce in bigger markets.

“Although farmers have no difficulty in producing agricultural products, they often lack outlets, due to saturated local markets. They are often forced to lower their prices to sell off their stocks.

“The APCCs will help eliminate the problem since farmers who have registered with the centers can still get fair prices for their produce.

“This is due to the integrated KPD Smart marketing system which connects APCCs with potential buying companies who will bid on the products.

“Based on this particularity, the KPD’s initiative to build the six APCCs is not only relevant, but timely, as it will significantly contribute to the Sabah Maju Jaya government initiative to boost the people’s economy, especially the rural farming community,” he said.

Currently, agricultural activities in Pitas, Kudat, Kota Belud and Kota Marudu districts in northern Sabah produce a variety of high value commodities such as honey, Saba bananas, sweet potatoes, groundnuts , yellow pumpkins, ginger, sweet corn, waxy corn. , swiftlet nests and various types of seafood.

APCC Kota Marudu currently has only 249 registered agropreneurs, but KPD expects more to register after the official opening ceremony.

The center is equipped with rooms for the collection, grading, cold storage, packaging and transport of agricultural products, among other services.

The marketing system, KPD Smart, will also allow KPD to keep digital records of all their participants’ farming activities and manage supplies to meet current and future demands, reducing the risk of a glut of produce in the market.

“Since its inception, KPD has repeatedly proven itself to be the best partner to our local farming community, providing important and relevant services to the people of Sabah.

“I hope the agency will continue to be committed to developing various agricultural projects and improving people’s welfare in rural areas,” he said.

Amalia H. Mercado