As such, he said,
the crop had good potential to be reintroduced as a smallholder
crop in certain districts which had been proven to be suitable,
such as Tenom, Ranau, Kota Marudu and Beluran.
Bernama that scientific research had been conducted to improve
crop productivity and returns from cocoa growing, particularly
since the setting up of the Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB)
industry has had its ups and downs but this is normal for
most industrial crops," he said.
With new production
technology available, cocoa producers and product manufacturers
could compete well with other producers in the world, he
had a briefing-cum-discussion with MCB Director-General
Datuk Dr Azhar Ismail on Thursday, said he was told that
the MCB was already doing extension work in collaboration
with the Agriculture Department in Tenom, Ranau, Kota Marudu
"But a lot
more needs to be done to increase farmer interest and participation
in an effort to re-introduce the crop to farmers and gain
their confidence in the profitability and sustainability
of the cocoa industry," he said.
is Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president and Bandau MP, also
said that producers needed "to re-visit the crop as
a diversification strategy especially at the plantation
The stigma of
uncertainty caused by cocoa pod borers in the 1990s needed
to be erased, he said.