BENTONG: Felda settlers, rubber smallholders and farmers are told to make the most of the Government’s research and development (R&D) plan to improve their yields.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said Risda would assist them in their productivity through R&D on rubber trees, palm oil and other crops in a move to provide the latest methods of producing better and quality yields.
Adnan said the palm oil and rubber trees are examples of successful R&D efforts.
“With quality products, your income would be better and worthwhile,” Adnan said after presenting some new and improved variety of rubber trees seedlings to the smallholders in Kampung Baris, Simpang Pelangai here.
He also presented dividends to 264 Risda’s cluster replanting programme participants including the orang asli communities in Bentong district.
He said the old seedling clones were no longer productive and needed improvement in terms of quality and quantity.
“We are competing with other countries and we have to improve our products through R&D.
“However, such efforts would fail if our farmers refuse to try the new variety of seedlings,” he said.
Adnan said the new seedlings could produce more latex and last longer than the normal variety.
He said with the new clone, smallholders working in a 2.5ha plot could earn as much as RM4,000 per month compared to the old clone with an average earning of RM2,000 per month.
“However, the farmers must be consistent. If they become lazy, the whole purpose of the programme will be defeated,” he said.
Development of rubber-based product technology such as car tyres, said the Mentri Besar, would create high demand for rubber where planters and smallholders would also reap its benefit.