Sabah gets RM157.14 mln for planting, replanting programs

KOTA KINABALU: Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities has allocated RM157.14 million to smallholders to undertake new planting and replanting of natural rubber, oil palm, pepper and cocoa in Sabah this year.

Its minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said of the total, RM72 million has been approved for new planting and replanting of oil palm, RM59.7 million for natural rubber, RM18 million for cocoa, RM42,000 for new pepper plantations and RM7.4 million for the building of estate roads.

“I am satisfied with the reports by the Sabah Rubber Industry Board, Rubber Industry Smallholder Development Authority and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board which are the agencies charged with the task of developing these respective industries.

“I thank the Sabah Rubber Industry Board which has undertaken the planting and replanting programmes in Sabah. We hope the programmes will help increase the income stream for smallholders in the state,” he told reporters after visiting the Kabang Rubber Nursery in Papar here yesterday.

Last year, Uggah said the minister allocated RM226.8 million to fund various programmes and to provide incentives to rubber, oil palm, cocoa and pepper smallholders in Sabah.

He said between 2011 and 2013, 39 estate road projects stretching 159.4 kilometres, costing RM33.9 million, were built in Sabah.

On government assistance to help rubber smallholders tide over sluggish rubber prices, he said those registered with Risda and the Sabah Rubber Industry Board were eligible to receive financial aid after fulfilling certain conditions.

“I hope there will be no more confusion on this matter,” he added. — Bernama

Source: Bernama (2014, August 19). Sabah gets RM157.14 mln for planting, replanting programs. The Borneo Post, p. A20.

Information in this page was last updated on 19 August, 2014.