Tawau can produce 120 metric tonnes of crackers yearly
Tawau, the main producer of Amplang crackers in Sabah, can now produce 120 metric tonnes of the snack yearly worth RM2.2 million. Tawau Agriculture Development Coordination Committee chairman Dr Abdul Rahim Awang said Tawau’s amplang, a ball-shaped fish and prawn flavoured cracker, had already penetrated the foreign market including Brunei and Singapore. “Through Government marketing agencies like the Federal Agriculture Marketing Agency (Fama), Amplang has succeeded in entering the market in Singapore and Brunei,” he said in a speech at the Tawau Farmers Entrepreneur Expo, here yesterday. Sabah Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan launched the two-day expo which started Saturday. According to Dr Abdul Rahim, besides Amplang crackers, around 100 agriculture entrepreneurs in Tawau produced other agriculture goods such as banana chips and a variety of traditional cakes. Meanwhile, Tawfiq said in his speech that he wanted agriculture entrepreneurs to improve the quality of their products to make them competitive and capable of penetrating the local and foreign markets. He added that they needed to give attention to the quality and safety of the product, as well as the packaging and promotion in order to attract the relevant parties to sell them. He said he was confident that agriculture entrepreneurs could go further with the guidance and help of the relevant Government agencies who were responsible for executing the agricultural transformation policy.