KOTA TINGGI, August 4— The Johor state government targets investments worth RM1.6 billion in the Bio Desaru project here by year-end.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said 22 companies have begun operations at Bio Desaru, with more expected to do so, involving a total investment of RM146 million.
“Overall, Bio Desaru targets total investments of RM1.6 billion, comprising committed and ongoing projects.
“This development is estimated to create 4,167 jobs and contribute more than RM1 billion to Gross National Income by 2020,” he told reporters after an official visit to Bio Desaru today.
Mohamed Khaled expressed hope that Bio Desaru would prompt investors to transform the agriculture sector with the latest technological and agricultural innovations.
“However, besides ensuring good quality agro-based food products, job opportunities and good returns, we will also give attention to the quality and halal status of the food,” he said.
He said the Johor Halal Park in Cahaya Baru, Pasir Gudang will complement efforts to turn the Johor bio-economy network into a hub for bioprocessing and halal services.
Mohamed Khaled said the Johor Halal Park will help enhance market access for Bio Desaru investors and make it a one-stop centre for the collection, logistics, distribution, packaging, warehousing, freeze drying and exhibition space.