376 ha approved for rubber replanting
by James Ling, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on June 24, 2012, Sunday
KAPIT: Risda Sibu region officer Siti Hajrah Mohd Gaus disclosed that some 376.22 hectares of land here have been approved for the rubber replanting scheme here this year.
She disclosed this at the closing of the Risda’s one-day ‘Kursus Pra Tanam Semula Dan Penyampaian Bantuan Tanam Semula’ at Meligai Hotel here yesterday.
A total of 43 small holders attended the course.
She explained the aim of the course was to disseminate and expose participants to good agriculture practice to maximise the utilisation of land to yield maximum output for the benefit of the land owner.
All successful applicants for the ‘rubber replanting scheme’ were required to attend the course.
“Small rubber holders are encouraged to apply to Risda to replant their rubber trees. We provide the latest rubber clones which could provide yield after four and half years while the conventional tree takes seven years. Our targetted output from the latest clone is 1,600 kg of latex per hectare per year,” she explained.
Siti explained that application is open to all small holders. The land must not exceed 100 acres or 40 hectares. Upon approval, Risda will organise a course for them before actual replanting begins to ensure good agriculture practice. Apart from supplying fertilizer and the rubber clones, cash assistance are given to the participant.
Kemas officer for Kapit Ambrose Abong officiated at the closing ceremony on behalf of Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.