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Seventy Five Hectares Of Land Developed For Rubber Cultivation

The Sarawak Agriculture Department will soon be developing about 75 hectares of land in Plasok, Skrang in the Engkilili Sub-District with a rubber cultivation project. According to YB William Nyalau anak Badak, Member of Parliament for Lubok Antu, 34 families will be involved in the project who are residents of Rumah Mani Panau, Plasok in Skrang, Engkilili which will cost about RM350,600. The project will be able to raise the economic standard of the residents. He made the statement while attending the Ngelasi Tanah occasion (a religious ritual according to the belief of the Iban community) for the Rumah Mani rubber cultivation project on last 1 October, 2010.

At the same time, he also urged rural residents to take up rubber cultivation or palm oil growing as  the market of the two commodities is stable while the demand is high. He further added that both rubber and palm oil cultivation is easy to manage as compared to other commercial plants. Hence, he strongly recommended that residents of longhouses participate in the Rubber Plantation Mini Project under the Agriculture Department. The occasion was also attended by YB Dr Johnnical Rayong Ngipa, State Assemblyman (ADUN) for Engkilili. (KK7: 20 October, 2010)


Rubber Replanting Project

The Kampung Melayu Engkilili and Kampung Sigak were the first villages in the Sri Aman Division to begin the Rubber Replanting Project in last July. The project, which received the assistance from the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority or RISDA, involved the replanting of rubber trees on 24 hectares of land owned by 29 participants from the two villages concerned. As stated by Mohd Izuwan Yahya, RISDA Agriculture Assistant in a local daily, the participants were granted provisional approvals on Replanting Aid by RISDA. The aid, which amounted to RM10,000 per hectare of land owned by the participant, would enable them to begin the replanting work.

Through the project, all participants would be able to generate 2,000 kilogramme of rubber per year for every hectare of land involved. As it is, the purpose of the Replanting Aid was to reduce the rate of poverty in the country, particularly in Sri Aman. Hence, a new RISDA branch office was set up at Jalan Hospital (Peach Court building) in Bandar Sri Aman. Aimed at improving efforts to eradicate poverty in the district, the office had commenced operations on 1 July. As such, the residents of Sri Aman area were encouraged not to miss out on the opportunity to apply for assistance from RISDA if they were interested in the rubber cultivation project.

Besides the Replanting Aid, RISDA also provided assistance in Rubber Productivity Improvement (PPG), Project Infrastructure and Economic Supplement Support (AET). In the Replanting Aid, RISDA had allocated a total of RM10,000 per hectare of land for those interested in venturing into rubber planting on their land. Among the requirements were the applicant should possess a minimum of a quarter acre but not exceeding 100 acres of rubber cultivation; possess valid land ownership documentation and the land designated for replanting should have trees that were being tapped. The RM10,000 RISDA Aid, previously reserved for Sabah and Sarawak, would be paid in six stages over a period of four and a half years to successful applicants.

Meanwhile, RISDA had allocated the Rubber Productivity Improvement Assistance (PPG) amounting to RM1,000 per hectare of land to successful applicants. Among the prerequisites for the aid were ownership of rubber estates, on-going production and estates that were visited by RISDA. The RM1,000 assistance would be in the form of fertilisers, herbicides, chemicals and milk booster. Meanwhile, the Project Infrastructure Aid focused on the construction of agricultural roads, sewers, drains and bridges. It would be given to applicants from the clustered rubber areas. The Economic Supplement Support Assistance (AET) would be provided to applicants whose estates had been replanted by RISDA, having an income of not more than RM1,500 per month and capable of undertaking the projects requested. The AET aid, which amounted to RM10,000, was divided into Livestock Assistance (cattle, goats, poultry and freshwater fish), Plant Support (bananas, pineapples and other short term crops) and the Small Industry Support (snacks and handicrafts). (Last Update: July 22, 2010)


 

Delicious Engkilili’s Durian

The residents of Pekan Engkilili, especially durian lovers, have always looked forward to the durian season. The durians here are famed for their delicious taste and size. Usually, the residents of Pekan Engkilili would purchase the durians at the pasar tamu which operates daily. Some of the residents operate small durian stalls along the road leading to Pekan Engkilili. Most often, the opportunity to purchase cheap and fresh durians would be taken by the public who uses the road. They can purchase three to four medium-sized durians at RM10.00 only. Besides that, they can haggle over the price and choose the durians themselves. They can enjoy eating the fruits, there and then.

The fruit wholesalers also prefer to purchase durians for resale elsewhere from farmers at Pekan Engkilili. Most often, the farmers are satisfied with their lucrative earnings during every fruit season. They would spend the night at the orchard to collect and gather the fruits. In this way, they can maintain the freshness of the fruits besides preventing the fruits from being stolen. Among the farmers who sell durians at Pekan Engkilili are villagers from Kampung Empelam, Kampung Meriyo Nanga and Kampung Sungai Keroh. (Last update: 22 December 2009)

 


 

Uplifting The Economy

The Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) has provided a lot of assistance to residents in the rural areas especially the Dayak community in Sarawak at uplifting their economic status by developing their Tanah Hak Adat Bumiputera or Native Customary Rights (NCR) land. SALCRA had succeeded in changing the lives of a number of families residing at Asan Longhouse in Kampung Memalo, Engkelili, whereby each family receives an annual dividend totaling RM10,000.

The cooperation involves SALCRA developing the 2,162 hectares of Native Customary Rights (NCR) lands belonging to 825 residents of Kampung Memaloi with the cultivation of oil palm. As the latter is undertaken by SALCRA, the land owners receive monthly payouts depending on the oil palm produce and the size of their lands.

Indirectly, the oil palm plantations opened by SALCRA provide job opportunities to local residents to increase their income and uplift the living standard of their families. Land development projects such as these do not only provide lucrative income to the NCR land owners but also contribute in the economic betterment of the Malaysian agricultural sector.

The villagers of Kampung Memaloi who have sufficient financial capital and capabilities can develop their own land by planting various types of crops. However, those without such capabilities have made a wise decision by cooperating with SALCRA. This is because SALCRA is also capable of providing them with income even when they just stay at home. (Last Update: 29 June 2009)

 

 

 

 


Pertanian

Agriculture Increases Income

In the Engkilili’s area, there are many types of crops that can be seen around the small town and in the nearby villages. The activities of an oil palm plantation in Kampung Merindun are fully monitored by Lembaga Perancangan Dan Pemulihan Tanah Sarawak (SALCRA). The people here also cultivate hill rice to cater to the needs of their families. There are many rice fields along the road and they provide beautiful panoramas.

Besides rice, seasonal fruit trees like the Rambutan, Durian and Cempedak are also planted by some of the villagers. The people make use of the land surrounding their house to cultivate fruit trees like Jambu Air and Nangka.

Normally, during the fruit season, the Durian, Rambutan and Cempedak will be bought by the middlemen from Kuching, and are also sold by the roadside. The average income of the agricultural sector in the Engkilili’s area is hard to ascertain because the people in this area only involve themselves in this sector as to get a supplementary income.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:17
 

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