KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) signed an agreement with the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) to replant rubber crops on land under its management.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said yesterday the move would not only improve rubber production but would also increase opportunities for small holders.
"The project will be carried out in a few states in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak. We will carry it out to take care of the wellbeing of small holders, especially those in rural areas," he said after witnessing the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two parties.
Present were Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad, Risda chairman Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Chik, Felda general manager Datuk Dzulkifli Wahab and Risda director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Zuki Mohamad.
Under the two-year agreement, more than 10,300ha will be developed through the rubber replanting programme, with the help of RM155.7 million from the government.
The terms of the understanding listed three goals: for Risda to distribute financial aid through the replanting programmes, for Felda to facilitate replanting efforts on settlers' lands that are no longer productive, and to share experiences and knowledge on farming.
Rahim said there was an unofficial agreement between the two agencies in terms of replanting efforts.