Isnin, Oktober 01, 2012


Give land for smallholder devt – Dompok

PENAMPANG 1/10/2012: Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok yesterday urged the relevant agency in Sabah to speed up the survey of land and the issuance of land titles to applicants.

According to him, he had been approached many times by farmers who complained that they had made their land applications for some time but had never received the land title nor had the land been surveyed by the relevant agency.

“I ask those (the relevant agency) to improve this. Give them grant to the land they have applied for or at least get the land surveyed so that my ministry can help these smallholders,” he said.

Dompok said his ministry was keen on increasing the number of smallholders involved in the planting of oil palm and rubber trees as it had found these effective in eradicating poverty in the rural areas, as well as help increase agricultural production and improve the income of rural folk.

“We would like to increase the number of smallholders to a few thousands more, but the relevant agency will have to be helpful,” he said.

Only 40 percent of those involved in oil palm in Sabah are smallholders.

Meanwhile, Dompok said he had recently met with 37 palm oil mill owners in the Kinabatangan to discuss issues related to pollution and the river.

He said he had received a lot of proposals from the millers and that these had been taken up to the Director of Environment.

“The mills have a lot of proposals on what are the things they need to do because at the moment, what is required (of them) by the Department of Environment is very strict and some of the mills feel that they need time to comply fully with that,” he said.

Dompok said he had proposed that the millers formed a group to find ways and means to assist in the enforcement of laws and to voluntarily move to protect the environment.

He said he would be asking the Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to rate the mills in Kinabatangan to see who was doing most to comply and those who were not moving so fast.

“In the years ahead, the mills themselves will want to ensure that what they produce will not disturb the environment,” he said, adding that other than palm oil mills, there were other sources of pollution along the Kinabatangan.

The forestry activities, chalets and riverine communities also contributed to the problem, he said.

Asked about the time frame given to the millers, Dompok said there was none yet.

“We have yet to ascertain. We need to discuss with the Department of Environment. I view this with concern. I am doing all I can as the Minister of Plantations,” he said.


More funds for Sabah to meet rice needs

Upko minta k'jaan proses geran tanah penduduk dengan segera

9 ulasan:

  1. Datuk Bernard cuba untuk memastikan pihak yang bertanggungjawab dalam hal tanah di Negeri Sabah ini akan menyelesaikan masalah ini secepat yang boleh.

  2. Isu tanah harus mencari kaedah yang berkesan untuk mengelakkan rampasan tanah.

    1. Tanah NCR perlu diselesaikan dengan segera dan utamakan rakyat

  3. “We would like to increase the number of smallholders to a few thousands more, but the relevant agency will have to be helpful,”

    Good idea so that the smallholders can make use the land to generate better income.

  4. tanah2 yang sepatutnya menjadi hak penduduk harus dilindungi.

    1. Tanah NCR penduduk kampung perlu dilindungi dan hak2 mereka perlu dibela.

  5. The 2013 Budget has proposed RM432 million allocation for independent smallholders to embark on new plantings and replanting of their unproductive palms.This is expected to benefit some 170,000 independent smallholders in the country. Smallholders who own 40ha or less are eligible for the replanting grant.As for new plantings, the incentive can only be accorded to those who own up to five hectares in Peninsular Malaysia and a maximum of seven hectares for Sabah and Sarawak.

  6. The allocation under the Budget works out to be RM7,500 a hectare for oil palm land in Peninsular Malaysia and RM9,000 a hectare in Sabah and Sarawak.According to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, there are around 170,000 independent smallholders in Malaysia.With 700,000ha, they account for 14 per cent of the country's five million hectares of oil palm land.This government subsidy to help smallholders to replant is meant to raise the annual national oil yield, which has been stagnating at below four tonnes a hectare over the last two decades.

  7. It is hoped that by 2020, the annual fresh fruit bunch yield would improve to 26.2 tonnes a hectare from 21 tonnes currently.The 2013 Budget also proposes RM127 million allocation for the development of high-value oleo derivatives to transform the downstream industry towards higher production of derivatives.Basically, this is a continuation of the government's commitment to incentivise integrated plantation firms to move further downstream.Cooking oil is a price-controlled item. In order to cap retail price at RM2.50 a kg, the government is maintaining its annual subsidy for this staple cooking ingredient at RM1.5 billion.