KUCHING, April 16 (Bernama) -- Agrobank is set to work closely with Sarawak´s Regional Development Authority (Recoda) and its Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development to identify viable agriculture and agro-business projects that can redevelop native land and increase its economic value.
President/chief executive officer of Agrobank, Syed Alwi Mohamed Sultan in a statement said: "We hope this effort will have a positive socio-economic impact on job and wealth creation opportunities for local farmers and agropreneurs in Sarawak and contribute towards export of our agriculture produce."
Earlier, Agrobank´s delegation led by its chairman, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal paid a courtesy visit on Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Astana in Petra Jaya, here. It was part of a working visit by the bank´s management team to Sarawak.
Syed Alwi said the bank had a longstanding commitment in Sarawak since the opening of the first branches of the then Bank Pertanian Malaysia Bhd in Kuching and Sarikei in 1976.
"Currently, Agrobank has close to 20,000 customers in Sarawak across four segments comprising corporate, commercial, consumer and micro financing customers. We serve these customers through our network of 13 branches, five kiosks, four agro corners, 51 agroagents and 33 ATM oulets all over the state.
"In most towns particularly in Sarawak, Agrobank is the only bank servicing the customers, in line with our financial inclusion commitment which is to serve the unserved and underserved community. Moving forward, we are constantly looking at growing our network of operations in Sarawak, " he said.