Farmers’ future in limbo following eviction notice

Up in arms: Kampung Kubang Palas farmers staging a peaceful protest after the press conference.

SOME 200 livestock farmers in Kampung Kubang Palas, Kuala Nerang, Kedah, are facing an uncertain future after they were served with a court eviction notice by an oil palm and rubber plantation company.

The farmers claimed that they were told in April to move out from the 129.5ha land near their village where their families have worked for generations

Kampung Kubang Palas Livestock Breeders Association secretary Che Sakeri Ibrahim said they had appealed to the Alor Setar High Court and Putrajaya Court of Appeal to overturn the eviction in June.

“We are fighting for the future generation. Without the grazing field, we have to sell our cattle.

“The land was originally gazetted as reserved land in 1968, but a grant was given to Kedah Development Corporation in 1995 which then leased it to an oil palm and rubber plantation company for 60 years in 1998,” he told a press conference held by the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) recently.

Che Sakeri claimed that a new site located 8km from the village which was provided by the company after a discussion with the state government was unsuitable for their cattle.

“The land is hilly and too dangerous for the cattle.

“We lost more than 100 animals to wildlife while many others were infected with lice,” he said.

CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris urged the state government to ensure the livelihood of the farmers was protected.

“They are major contributors to our eco-nomy and supply meat to the state.”

The oil palm and rubber plantation company could not be reached for comment.

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