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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)

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