KUALA LIPIS: Rubber tree seeds have become valuable commodities under a plan by the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda), which aims to collect six million seeds — or 250 tonnes — for replanting.
Risda (development division) deputy director-general Mohamat Muda said rubber tappers could collect the seeds and sell them at the nearest Risda site and will be paid at around RM3 per kilo.
He said the six million seeds were for the replantation of 200,00ha of land throughout the country.
He said Risda aimed to get about 2,000kg of latex by 2020, which would increase its current yield of 1,000kg per hectare per year by 100%.
“Rubber trees of more than 20 years old have to be cut down to pave the way for quality yields of latex in the replanting programmes,” he said, adding that even from this effort smallholders can make money by selling rubber wood for handicraft products.
He said this when launching the Risda 2013 replanting programme at Kampung Budu here.
Mohamat said rubber seeds were used by some smallholder families to make a local delicacy known as asam rom. “However, they can earn additional income if they sell them to us.”
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