KINABATANGAN: Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) is stepping up its efforts in Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) covering planting and fertilizing methods to ensure farmers and its participants to get a higher agricultural profits.
Kinabatangan MP, Datuk Bung Mokthar Radin, said it is to change the perception of smallholders on their lands where it can become a profitable asset.
According to him, with the improving economic climate for their products, smallholders should take the opportunity to generate more income for their families.
“With GAP under RISDA, we hope for the smallholders to take the opportunity and give their commitment to get as much knowledge in the correct fertilizing method to optimize the growth of their rubber trees, so they can produce high quality latex,” he said in his speech text for officiating Kinabatangan level GAP course at Kg. Sukau, here today.
His speech text was delivered by Kinabatangan UMNO Vice Chief, who is also RISDA Board member, Jafry Ariffin.
In the event, Bung Mokthar also announced the RM620,223 allocation from RISDA for 2015 Rubber Planting Programme for Kinabatangan area.
Bung Mokthar, who is also the chairman for Felcra Berhad, said with RISDA in the state especially in Kinabatangan, it has create many opportunities rubber plantation owners.
He also said RISDA programmes are to help in improving the peoples’ quality of life, especially for smallholders to escape from poverty. – SayangSabah