Pineapple farm in Felda Ulu Tebrau


Dr Sahruddin (third from right) opening Dewan Semai Bakti at Felda Inas Utara in Kulai, Johor.

KULAI: Johor plans to transform Felda Ulu Tebrau into a farm to produce the MD2 pineapple variety as part of a long-term plan to develop unused land and increase the settlers’ income.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said this was part of the government’s initiative under the Green Revolution Project.

“We will start with the pilot project at Felda Ulu Tebrau. The MD2 pineapple will be planted on 12ha land in early August.

“The state government will work closely together with Johor Pineapple Board.

“A total of 15 settlers have been selected to participate in this project,” he said in his speech during the Johor Baru Felda settlers programme at Felda Inas Utara here, where he also opened a new hall, Dewan Semai Bakti.

Dr Sahruddin added that the settlers should diversify and not depend on their palm oil income alone as market conditions for the commodity were unstable.

During the programme, he said RM250,000 will be allocated to the Felda Inas Utara settlers to help with the Felda New Generation Housing (PGBF) early-stage development project, including amenities and better drainage in the area.

Meanwhile, state Islamic affairs, agriculture and rural development committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said the 15 settlers will undergo training to ensure the success of the pilot project.

“The state government and the board will provide allocations.

“The total amount will be decided on next week after the state executive councillors meeting.

“If the project takes off, each participant will be able to generate income of between RM2,000 and RM3,000 a month,” he said.

Tosrin also said the state government planned to open a 2ha black pepper plantation in Felda Inas Utara in September.

“This project will involve about 10 settlers and they will get guidance from the Malaysian Pepper Board,” he said.
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