KOTA KINABALU (August 16): A dried ginger powder processing plant will be built in Tambunan to centralize the local market for ginger grown in Sabah.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri, Dr. Jeffrey G Kitingan said the plant is in the final stages of planning which will be jointly developed by Matang Wawasan Enterprise and Koperasi STAR Bhd.
“Besides centralizing the market for ginger from Sabah farmers, the factory will also process and package dry ginger powder for local and overseas markets,” he said.
Jeffrey, who is also Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, said this at the launch of the Tambunan dry ginger powder pilot product at Sokid Villa on Monday, which was produced by the two business entities.
According to Jeffrey, the construction of the factory is one of the government’s efforts to help farmers sell ginger at market-based prices while efficiently producing ginger products.
He hopes the factory can help buy the produce from ginger growers in several districts including Tambunan, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud and Lahad Datu.
“The gingers from Sabah are sent to processing factories on the peninsula which will then be sent back to Sabah for the market.
“But with a ginger processing factory in Sabah, costs can be reduced because all the processing and packaging work is done in the factory in Sabah,” said Jeffrey, who is also chairman of the Solidariti Tanah Airku Party. (STAR) Sabah.
Also in attendance were Sabah Rubber Industry Board (LIGS) Chairman Edward Linggu, STAR Cooperative Managing Director Datuk Dr Saiman Sandah, Advisor Matang Wawasan Enterprise Datuk Dr Adalbert Kinson, Ginger Products Health Consultant Dr Norman Mohd Norawi and representatives of the CKS supermarket.
Dr. Norman also presented the health benefits of taking dry ginger powder at the launch.
The pilot product, Tambunan Dried Ginger Powder, packaged in a small bottle is promoted with an introductory price of RM40.