THE National Smallholders Association (NASH) has proposed the incentive for oil palm replanting (4ha and below) be raised to RM1,500 per ha from RM1,000 now.
It has also requested for additional incentives to be given if the fresh fruit bunches of the oil palm fell below the RM180 per tonne.
NASH president Datuk Mazlan Jamaludin, when presenting its Budget 2004 memorandum, said serious consideration should be given to these proposals as oil palm smallholders produced about 48% (almost 5 million tonnes) of crude palm oil annually.
NASH is also proposing that Felda settlers undertaking the replanting of 25 to 30-year-old trees be given the RM17,000 replanting saving fund each. The settlers should also be allowed to do their own replanting under the supervision of Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Tunas, the smallholders' extension, technical and advisory service unit.
Pahang, for example, does not follow other states such as Perak, Negri Sembilan and Johor in releasing the RM17,000 to these settlers.
NASH requested the Malaysian Palm Oil Association to appeal to the government on the issue of the use of paraquat.