KOTA BELUD: The government has allocated RM89.2 million for Rubber Industry Small Developers Authority (RISDA) this year to develop the economy of farmers in the state.
The allocation is channeled through the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) since the setting up of RISDA in Sabah in 2010, where RM312.3 million has been received for small farmers in Sabah.
Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Yahya Hussin, said RISDA members will be able to improve their agriculture method and utilize new technology thanks to the government’s support.
“RISDA is an agency which is for small farmers community. But the key to success is held by the small farmers themselves, when they work diligently to gain profits,” he said during the launching ceremony for the state level ‘Gerakan Peningkatan Produktiviti’ at Kg. Pituru Darat.
Yahya speech text was delivered by the Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, who is also Tempasuk State Assemblyman (ADUN), Datuk Musbah Jamli.
Also present at the event were Kadamaian State Assemblyman (ADUN), Jeremmy Malajad, Sabah RISDA Director, Omar Hassan, RISDA Authority Member, Mohd Zahari Zinin, and RISDA small farmers representatives from across the state.
Yahya also reminds the small farmers to utilize all the facilities and supports they received and to actively participate in any programmes organized by the government through his ministry.
Regarding on the event, Yahya said it is beneficial in ensureing small farmers to practice good agriculture methods which will increase their farms’ productivity.
“Farmers can also utilize this Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) as it will increase their productivity of their rubber trees.
“This effort is a proof of the government’s policy is prioritizing the peoples’ interest as well as the rural communities in its effort to make them more progressive through a sustainable rural development plans,” he said.
He also said the GAP system that have been introduced for small farmers are Farms Development and Maintenance, Fertilizing, Latex Inducement, and Tapping and Harvesting.
According to Yahya, a good agriculture methods are important for the rubber trees to be mature in four and a half years, where small farmers can acquire a monthly income up to RM4,000 by the year 2020 by utilizing practices that focuses on quality and quantity. – SayangSabah