Sarawak is inviting investors from mainland China to venture into large-scale planting of pineapple and durian, which are of great demand in their country.

State Modernisation of Agriculture,Native Land and Regional Development Ministry permanent secretary Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik said Sarawak needed injection of capital from overseas investors and smart farming techniques in commercial cultivation of pineapple and durian which the ministry had identified as the selected fruit crops in the next five to 10 years.

“Sarawak has advantages in its vast area of agriculture land for farming. Currently, we have two million hectares of land still available for agriculture.

“We have identified areas in Betong, Sarikei and Bintangor under the food basket regions,” he added in a paper presentation on “Sarawak Agriculture: Opportunities and Potentials” at the inaugural Sarawak-China Business Forum here.

Some 500 participants, including those from China, attended the two-day event hosted by the State International Trade and eCommerce Ministry.

Ik Pahon said there were currently 1,769ha planted with pineapples.

This year,he said the ministry focused on rehabilitation of durian trees and would venture into new planting of good quality durian species in the next two to three years.