Rubber planting smallholders attend Risda’s ‘Kasihi Pekebun’ programme
Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday
KOTA SAMARAHAN: Some 500 rubber planting smallholders attended the state launching of Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) ‘Kasihi Pekebun’ programme at the Civic Centre here on Monday.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal who officiated at the event, presented a mock cheque of RM95,736,486 carry out implementation of new rubber plantations and re-planting schemes throughout the state.
Some 25,000 smallholders involving land acreage up to 30,000 hectares (ha) statewide will benefit from the RRIM 2000 Series rubber clone replanting programme.
“The ‘Kasihi Pekebun’ programme was launched to provide better care while showing government’s recognition to the rubber and palm oil smallholders who have make large contribution to the nation’s economic growth in the industry.
“It is also an effort to strengthen working relationship between the government, relevant ministry, local leaders, Risda and the smallholders community throughout the nation,” Risda director-general Dato Wan Mohamad Zuki Mohamad said in his speech at the launching of the programme.
Also present were Rural and Regional Development deputy minister Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, deputy secretary-general Dato Yussoff Dohab, Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohammad Ali Mahmud, Assistant Agriculture Minister Datuk Mong Dagang, Assistant Rural Development Minister Datuk Francis Harden, Assistant Land Development Minister Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz and state Risda director Wahid Marican Mohamad Daud Marican.
The programme was held as a platform to charter and disseminate aid provision by the government through Risda, where smallholders would benefit thoroughly.
The event also saw the presentation of mock cheques amounting to RM14,570,000 for the agropolitan project Rascom Nanga Sekuau, Sibu; RM7,970,000 for the agropolitan project in Bukit Sadok, Ulu Awik in Betong; RM67,500,000 for the re-planting programme in the state for 2012 and RM615,800 for the training and technology transformation programme at the Layar Agricultural Centre, Betong.
Also presented were special prizes to winners of Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) of the younger generations and smallholders.
To meet its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, Risda also presented funds to Darul Salam Mosque (Tanjung Bundong) to buy a public address system; Darul Ibadah Mosque, Kpg Meranek for the acquisition of Quran and other praying materials; electrical wiring amounting to RM1,500 for Darul Ukhwah Mosque at Lot Phase I, Tanjung Bandung and RM1,000 for new vehicle fund to the Community Rehabilitation Centre committee of Kota Samarahan.
In addition, 22 smallholders received tree seedling which has been approved under the re-planting scheme.