KUCHING, 2 AUGUST 2017 – Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Abang Haji Openg who is also Minister for Urban Development and Natural Resources chaired the first SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation’s (SFC’S) Board of Directors (BoD) meeting yesterday at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia since he took office in January this year.

The SFC Board deliberated on a wide range of forestry issues including core functions of SFC, forestry R&D, management of national parks and forestry revenue. A key policy direction arising from the meeting was the appointment of SFC to support the establishment of “Industrial Forests” through an intensified programme of R&D. Abang Jo called on SFC to come out with tree species which may be harvested within five years of planting. SFC was also asked to focus on adding value to fast-grown plantation timbers so that Sarawak won’t be forever producing and exporting relatively low-value products like logs, veneer, sawn timber and plywood. Towards this end, he advised SFC to collaborate with both local and international universities as well as scientific institutions with strong R&D credentials.

The SFC Board also assigned the corporation to undertake special projects related to the development of TPA-based eco-tourism destinations and biodiversity conservation.

The SFC Board is chaired by the Chief Minister and comprises both senior government officials as well as prominent personalities in forestry.