IPOH: All the 121ha of existing pomelo land in Tambun should be reserved for the planting of the fruit, said Tambun MP Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
He said parcels of land, which had been alienated to companies for development purposes, should be exchanged with land in other parts of the state.
“The soil in Tambun is fertile and suitable for pomelo cultivation and I can vouch that the Tambun pomelos here are the best in the world,” he said.
“Houses can be built anywhere. You can just cut down any jungle for that but you can’t get such fertile land for pomelos elsewhere,” he said after opening the state-level Kemas Community Educa-tion Day here yesterday.
He noted that at a meeting on April 1, the Ipoh City Council had agreed not to develop a 32ha site in Tambun for public housing after accepting the state government’s offer for a piece of land elsewhere.
“At the same meeting, a company called Kampung Kenangat Sdn Bhd also accepted a similar offer for the 55ha that it owned,” he said.
According to Ahmad Husni, Syarikat Yusham Construction Sdn Bhd and Brilliant Leisure Sdn Bhd owned a total 29ha of land while two other institutions had been given an 8.5ha plot in Tambun.
Some 300 pomelo farmers in Tambun were facing eviction to make way for development, he added.
Ahmad Husni said he would be handing a layout plan of the area to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali for consideration.
Last month, Tajol Rosli had announced that only 40ha of land in Tambun would be gazetted for pomelo growing.
Tajol Rosli had also said that farmers who were not selected to cultivate pomelos in Tambun would have to move out to areas like Kanthan.