With its rich biodiversity, Sabah is ready to serve rising global demand for healthy and sustainable products. The state’s natural eco-system is endowed ideal soil conditions for horticulture and a wide topography ranging from coastal littoral to high mountains, making it an ideal location to service expanding global demand for sustainable horticulture products.
Sabah’s main horticulture crops include rice paddy (currently over 40,000 hectares), coconut, pineapple, durian, and various other fruits (e.g. mango, pomelo, banana, jackfruit, avocado and rambutan). The expanding global agriculture sector has catalysed demand for sustainable horticulture practices, and Sabah is keen to exploit this by transforming into an agri-processing hub. The Sabah government has allocated 2 million acres for agriculture development.
Recent Investment Activity
- 1. MAFI focusing on optimizing Sabah’s potential as agrofood production hub, The Edge Markets, 16 November 2021
- 2. Sabah Agriculture Park, www.sabahtourismboard.com https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/sabah-agriculture-park/?locale=en
- 3. Flower Fest adds to TPS attraction, www.dailyexpress.com, 3rd August 2019, Sabah Annual Flower Festival, www.sabahtravel.com, https://www.sabahtravel.com/articles/post/annual-flower-festival-showcased-the-best-flora-landscape-in-sabah
- 4. Market Data Forecast, https://www.marketdataforecast.com/market-reports/greenhouse-horticulture-market
- 5. MOU to spearhead coconut industry development in Sabah. 28 March 2021. https://www.theborneopost.com/2021/03/28/mou-to-spearhead-coconut-industry-devt-in-sabah/
- 6. Sabah revenue surpasses RM5 billion last year. 17 January 2022. https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2022/01/763751/sabah-revenue-surpassed-rm5-billion-last-year-nsttv
- 7. https://www.bernama.com/en/region/news.php?id=1878680
- 8. Green OS organic farm – Organic vegetables from farm to table in Kota Kinabalu, www.sabaheats.com; www.green-os.com.my