No access to illegal durian farms

Royal Pahang Durian Resources held briefings with illegal durian farmers on the terms and conditions offered to them by the state joint venture company which provide a win-win solution for all parties.

FOLLOWING a statement by the Pahang state government on Monday, Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd (a state joint-venture company) would like to announce the following:

> From Aug 24 onwards, manned security checkpoints will be implemented along key routes leading to illegally encroached areas (i.e. within forest reserves and state-held lands). Access to illegally encroached areas will be denied unless an access permit is obtained from Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd.

> Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd wishes to announce that the last date for registration has been extended to Aug 24, 2020. Thereafter, there shall be no more extension and as such, no registration will be accepted. Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd will assist the relevant state authorities to commence eviction exercises after Aug 24.

> Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd also wishes to clarify that we have been engaging illegal farmers since August 2019.

> A spokesperson for the joint-venture company said: “We are encouraged that more than 300 illegal farmers have come forward over the last three weeks to commence the registration process.

“Generally, these farmers clearly understand the proposal and are satisfied with the terms and conditions which provide a win-win solution for all parties.

“We strongly urge all remaining illegal farmers within the Raub district to do likewise by Aug 24, 2020, to avoid rejection of registration and consequences of enforcement.”

According to Raub MP Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji and Pahang State Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak, there are about 4,450 hectares of illegal durian farms in the Raub district.

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