Getah untuk Pribumi programme is one of MRB’s initiatives to improve national productivity to 2,000 kg/ha/year which is in line with NKEA. The objectives are:
Fourteen participants are involved in GUP Johor covering an area of 16.4 hectares in Kampung Segamat Kecil. Participants are supplied with high yielding clones such as RRIM 928, RRIM 929 and RRIM 3001.
As at November, land clearing and terracing in an area of 1.9 acres were conducted manually by participants. All seedlings has been distributed and a total area of 15.7 hectares has been planted.
As of September, the land clearing process has been completed. However, 1.9 acres belonging to Puan Kuna bt Sarah could not be cleared because of the steep and rocky topography. Land clearing of that area will be done manually.
Eleven participants have completed planting and the rest are still in progress. The status till September 2012 is as below:
As at July 2012, the land clearing process is almost finished. Rubber seedlings have been ordered and will be distributed to participants.
As of December, weed control, fertilisation and control pruning activities followed as scheduled. Girth census of rubber was done at 7 participants’ holdings namely E. Zen bin Nong, En. Delu bin Kuna, En. Aton Bin Nukar, En. Ishak bin Dek, En. Sehat bin Sadin, En. Sidek Bin Hanapiah and En. Zamri bin Abas.
On 2 December 2013, the district of Segamat was hit by a major flood that affected Kampung Orang Asli Segamat Kechil. The holdings belong to En. Aton bin Nukar, Zen bin Nong, Sehat bin Sadin and Razali bin Seman were among those affected by the flood. The damage not only affected the young rubber plants but also the basic facilities such as the fences, drum containers and resting sheds and basic utensils such as hoes and sickles that were carried away by the currents.
The damaged fences have resulted in village cattle raid of the rubber plants during the night. Among the holdings raided by cattle are holdings belong to En. Sehat bin Sadin, Razali bin Seman, En. Aton bin Nukar and En Jamil bin Lima. It is reported that there are about 488 rubber plants were damaged.
Among the rehabilitation measures taken was straightening and provide support to the slightly fallen rubber plants and cover and compact the exposed roots. The totally damaged plants will be replaced from time to time.
An Area of 15.6 hectare was planted completely in GUP Johor. The first phase mortality census was done with plant casualty rate of 4.3% mostly due to wild boar attack and dry weather. To date it was reported that the density of surviving live plants at 557 per hectare. The replacement is ongoing in order to maintain density of rubber plants at 500 and 700 per hectare on hilly and flat terrain respectively.
Census on girth to be taken at one year after planting was done on two holdings belonging to En Zen bin Nong and En Delu bin Kuna. The rate of plant growth (girthing) was satisfactory.
All area of participant’s holding was completely planted and about 630 rubber plants at En. Rahmat’s holding that were destroyed by cows has been replaced.
Field maintenance was actively done at participant’s holdings. However, 2 lots were detected with scale insects attack. Practical training on treatment and control of pest especially mealy bugs and scale insects was conducted at En Delu bin Kuna’s holdings which involved off all participants. 13 bottles of the pesticide, Albarol White Oil for scale insects and mealy bugs treatment were distributed to the participants.
As of March, a total 2,965 rubber seeds has been distributed to participants that consist of clone PB 350 (70%) and RRIM 3000. Additional seeds planting in holdings of En. Zen bin Nong, En. Sahad bin Sata, En. Ishak bin Dik dan En. Rahmat din Md. Yasin are still in progress.
Second phase of fertiliser has been supplied to participants. Manuring activities are still in progress and the weedicide activities will start once the weedicide being distributed the next month.
However, some participants location of new additional seed planting activities suffer extreme dryness condition due to inclement weather. Discussions were conducted with the Director of MRB Southern Region and they agreed to provide 1 liter barrels/200 to each participant.
As of January, land clearing and terracing in an area of 0.52 hectare is still ongoing. Almost all seedlings were distributed and planted.
Participants have started manuring and weeding since December 2012 in their respective areas. It was reported that, about 200 cows have entered into the holding owned by En Rahmat b Md Yasin and destroyed about 630 newly planted rubber trees.
Until December, weed control and fertilising activities have been carried out according to set schedules and proposals. Plant growth was reported to be good and uniform.
Maintenance work was done according to schedule. The girth measurement for the second year was carried out in August with an average girth of 15cm.
In addition, En Sahad bin Sata lot was attacked by cows and the attacks destroyed the planted trees in his lots.
By June, trees’ growth was reported to be in good condition. Weed control and manuring activities were done according to plan.
Termite attack was detected in several lots of the participants, especially in En. Sehat bin Sadin’s lot where 2 rubber trees were destroyed. Immediate action was then taken to control the termites by using Chemicide (Chlorpyrifox 38.7 w / w) and sessions of guidance on its usage were given to all participants.
The Rubber Learning Center (RLC) was built by the participants. The RLC facility is to carry out activities such as discussions and guidance involving participants.
Maintenance activities (weeds’ control and fertilisation) were postponed from January until February due to dry season. The activities included the controlled pruning will be re-activate according to the timeline as planned on March 2014. The JKPP meeting has decided, contribution of (RM500) to participants that were engaged with natural disaster had been done and was conveyed by LGM Southern Region Director.
The girth measurement for the holdings was carried out as scheduled. A total of 10 holdings were surveyed with an average diameter of 29.86 cm. Apart from that, maintenance activity and training to the participants will be carried out as scheduled.
KOA Segamat Kecil was hit by flash floods that affected the holdings of En Zen bin Nong and En Atan bin Nukar. The holdings were flooded with water up to one meter for 48 hours. However, there was no damage reported.
Termite attack was also detected at some of the participants’ holdings. However, treatment and immediate action was then taken by the participants using the Durban EC chemical. The 2 holdings were of En Jamil bin Lima and En Razali bin Seman.
It is reported until September, maintenance work carried out according as scheduled. The work on the monitoring of diseases and pests is still ongoing in every holdings and it was found that there are termite attacks at the holdings. However, control of pest infestations is underway. The work of the census was also reported to have been completed and are still being analysed.
As of June, it was reported that all field maintenance was done according to schedule. Girth measurement for the second year was completed with average measurement 20.3 cm.
En Zen bin Nong, one of project’s participants was invited as guest speaker in LGM Segamat Inovation Day in early May 2015. He is the Chairman of JK RMT GUP Johor.
As of March, weed control and manuring activities were implemented according to our recommendation and time plan. Other than by using chemical for weed control, it was also conducted manually.
The growth of the trees was good. The girth measurement for the second year was carried out in March with an average girth of 19.9cm.
It was reported that, the maintenance work of the holdings were carried out according to schedule and the training sessions were conducted each month according to the planting phase. The tapping survey activities were carried out at KOA Segamat Kecil since the trees has reached 4 years old in September 2016. Overall, a total of four (4) holdings were managed to be surveyed and were marked by using paint. The briefing of the survey and open tapping panel training were conducted involving 30 participants.
Maintenance and monitoring activities were conducted as planned. Guidance and training activities were also carried out according to Schedule. Briefing and guidance on opening incisión were also conducted with the participants at Atan bin Nukar holding.
Maintenance and monitoring activities were carried out as scheduled. It was reported that, one of the participants, En Sahad a/l Sata wants to withdraw from the programme due to the constant attack in his holding by cows that has severely damaged his plants. He has lost more than 90% of his trees due to this attack. The attack is due to the location of his holding which situated at the main route for the cows.
Training and guidance sessions with participants is still on-going to ensure the participants to be well trained in controlling the diseases and maintenance of their lots.
The girth measurement for third year in 10 lots has also been carried out with an average circumference of 29.9cm. the topography of the surveyed lots is hilly with slope greater tan 15o with an average density of 500 trees per hectare. Apart from that, re-marking of the samped tres, clone verification and data updating activities are still on-going.