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KANGAR: The Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) is proposing to build a Smallholder Development Institute in Perlis to facilitate smallholders to receive various training and guidance to improve their standard of living.
Perlis Risda director, Osman Bakar said the agency has identified a 20-hectare site here to build the institute although the actual cost has not been finalised.
Speaking at a session between Perlis Risda and the media here today, he said should the institute come into fruition, it would benefit about 4,500 smallholders in the state.
At the moment, smallholders here have to attend courses at the Smallholder Development Institutes in Perak, Kelantan, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan as there are no such institutes nearby.
According to him, Perlis has a total rubber acreage of 7,201 hectares of which, 1,110 hectares had been replanted including 700 hectares replanted this year. BERNAMA