MOA… Brendan (left) and Jason (right) complete the exchange of MOA documents while Kenny (second left) witnesses.
KUCHING: Antares Ventures Sdn Bhd continues to be successful in being the pioneer of Sarawak's specialty rice export market to Singapore with the delivery of approximately eight tons of rice this time.
Managing Director of Antares Ventures Sdn Bhd, Brendan Kon said, the delivery was also the highest order from Singapore.
"We have started exporting rice to Singapore since 2021 but it only involves a small quantity. But this time it was a large quantity order by filling one shipping container.
"Therefore, I hope to be able to receive higher and bigger orders after this," he said when met after a press conference at Antares Ventures Sdn Bhd in Jalan Batu Kitang, here, today.
Today also became a historic moment for the company when they also held the Sarawak Special Rice Export event to Singapore and witnessed the release of containers carrying varieties of original Sarawak rice to be marketed to the country.
The achievement was also made possible through the support of the Singapore Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office (STATOS) – which has played an important role in connecting and facilitating Antares Ventures' entry into the country's market.
Among the rice produced by Antares Ventures are fragrant brown rice and red rice from Siburan, Padawan and Lundu; purple rice (Lubok Nibong, Betong); natural white rice and natural brown rice (Bario, Miri); white rice, black rice and red rice (Ba'kelalan, Long Semadoh).
The company also manufactures value-added rice products such as baby food aged six to 15 months using Javanese rice from Ba'kelalan, Long Semado; dry cereal for babies and children to make baby porridge; vermicelli; as well as rice-based drinks.
Meanwhile, the program also saw the Exchange of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Antares Ventures and WWF Malaysia which outlines efforts to promote and market highland rice from Ba'kelalan under the Rice Intensification System (SRI) rice planting program initiated by WWF Malaysia.
Also present were WWF-Malaysia Sarawak Conservation Program Head Dr Jason Hon; Manager of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Trade and Investment STATOS, Kenny Lau Tien Hong; and other representatives.