TEMERLOH, June 8 (Bernama) -- Pahang has gazetted 76,000 ha of the Kuala Krau Forest Reserve near Lanchang as the state bio-valley and logging is prohibited in the area. State Information, Innovation, Science and Technology Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said with the move, encroachment, felling of trees and poaching were banned in the 1,000-year-old forest.
The forest is endowed with precious wildlife such as rhinoceros, deer, antelope, napuh and wild ox, he told reporters after attending the Biodiversity Goodwill Programme hosted by the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) in Bukit Rengit, Lanchang, near here Tuesday. Mohd Sharkar, who is also Lanchang assemblyman, said the state government was also planning to turn Lanchang into a natural food production centre with a honey processing factory and a mineral water plant being earmarked for the area. "Lanchang has enough resources for the production of honey and mineral water. The projects will not only be a source of income for the local community but also the state government," he said.