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:
Two Orang Asli settlements covering an area of 77.0 hectares with 77 participants are involved in GUP Kelantan. The selected villages are Kg Pos Tuel (40 participants) and Kg Pos Plug (37 participants). Participants will be supplied with high yielding clones such as RRIM 2001, RRIM 2025, RRIM 928 and PB 350.
As of November, all rubber seedlings in 57 participant’s lots have been planted and 16 lots are still in progress. The remaining of three lots is still in the land clearing process.
Planting were temporarily stopped due to unavailability of planting materials because of the rain and will be continued in December 2012.
As of September, planting of 10 ha has been completed while the remainder are still in the clearing and planting process. Details on status of the respondents given below:
As at July 2012, about 30% of the field have been planted.
The third round of weed control and fertilisation activities at the participants’ holdings was done in December. It is reported that the monitoring activity of the holdings are not being carried out due to the rainy season. Most of the roads are slippery and muddy and it was not accessible even by a four wheel drive. The bridge at Kampong Plug was accessible only by motorcycles that resulted in monitoring work not being able to carry out fully.
An area of 76 hectare has been planted completely in GUP Kelantan. The first phase of the census, there were reports regarding the mortality rate which was 2.5% , mostly due to termite and wild boar attacks. However Termifos for termite treatment had been distributed to the affected smallholdings.
Currently, it was reported that a total of 504 and 490 plants were recorded for stands per hectare in Pos Tuel and Pos Plugs respectively. Work on replacements were ongoing to maintain a density of 500 stands per hectare.
The whole area was cleared and planted with rubber plants. To date the first round of weed control and manuring activities were carried out at the participants’ holdings. No training activities were carried out to the participants in May 2013.
As of March, all area has been completely planted with rubber seedlings. Field maintenance was slow due to rainy seasons. Therefore, some of the participant's holding become bush because of raining and their holding far from their home.
Weed control activities has been carried out manually and chemically starting in February and manuring activities were carried out for participants that has completed the weed control.
As of January, land clearing are almost done. Only two participants are still in the clearing process. Rubber seedlings will be distributed once the participants are completed with clearing, terracing, lining and holing activites. An area of 72.0 hectares have been planted.
The census focusing on the growth of the trees was carried out to ensure that the number of trees planted for wage payment besides to identify the dead trees and trees that need to be replant.
As of December, farm monitoring and maintenance activities could not be implemented due to the rainy season. Participants told of the flood which prevented usage of the road to Kampung Tuel and Kampung Plug. It was reported that landslides occurred in some of the participants’ lots which damaged rubber trees. The total number of rubber trees affected is yet to be ascertained.
Maintenance work was done according to schedule. Girth measurements of rubber trees are currently being carried out. For holdings that were diagnosed with termite attack, immediate action was then taken to control the termites by using chemicide to avoid further damage.
As of June, trees’ growth was reported to be in good condition. Weed control and manuring activities were according to plan. Girth measurement of trees for whole lots had been started and will be completed in July. A bridge reported to be damaged had been repaired by participants through ‘gotong-royong’.
Reporting that trees’ growth is in good condition and the average girth measurement for 11 farms at Kg Tuel is 9.9 cm and 14 farms at Kg Plug is 11.68 cm. Farm monitoring at Kg Plug could not fully executed due to the collapsed bridge (that connected to participants’ farms) during monsoon season.
Maintenance work and training is still on-going according as scheduled.
Maintenance work was carried out according as scheduled. Census diameter is made for the second year. The average circumference measuring obtained in Kg Plug is 17.9 cm and 19.9 cm Kg Nuel.
Field maintenance was slightly distorted due to weather condition and unrepaired road that is dangerous to the participants.
Census on mortality rate in 20 lots were conducted and it was reported that there were higher number of death tree are in Kg Plug which comprised of 17% death and 3% stunted. Girth measurement also had been conducted and average girth measurement is 19.9 cm in Kg Pos Tuel and 17.9cm in Kg Pos Plug.
As of March, due to rainy season, field monitoring and maintenance activities were postponed due to the disconnected roads and danger in accessing the participants’ holdings.
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.
Following the poor and dangerous condition of the road, monitoring activities is not permitted. Fertilization activities are being carried out by the participants themselves. There were a number of wild boar attacks reported that has severely damaged the trees planted. However, these attacks only involve a few trees in each of the participant’s lot. In addition, fallen trees due to rot root were also reported in Sudin b Mat Nor lot and the cause of the incident is still under investigation by the supervisor.