FINALLY:Risda smallholders in Kampung Parit Seraya settle payments for the RM15,000 cost of building their houses
FORTY-FOUR Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) smallholders in Kampung Parit Seraya in Benut, Pontian, have finally received the land ownership grants for their houses.
They received the grants after settling the payment for the RM15,000 cost of building their houses to Risda through a monthly installment of RM100 since 1982.
Risda deputy director general (development), Mohamat Muda, said the village was developed at a cost of about RM500,000 some 30 years ago.
He said the families each received a grant for the land which measures between 743 square metres and 929 sq m.
"When it was developed 30 years ago, the area was explored to encourage the smallholders to cultivate oil palm.
"Over the last five years, the area has been transformed into a rubber-planting area in an effort to improve the smallholders' income through the use of quality seeds," he said.
"This was implemented so that the average income for the smallholders will increase to RM2,500 a month in 2015 and RM4,000 a month in 2020."
Mohamat was representing Risda chairman Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Chik in presenting the grants to the smallholders. Also present was Johor Risda director, Omar Paiman.
Mohamat said the smallholders' willingness to convert to rubber-planting will make the area more competitive in meeting demand for the commodity through the Green Tyre Project, to be implemented soon.