Dr M to announce new Felda initiative, says DG

By BERNAMA / Pic By TMR

PRIME Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is expected to announce a new Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) initiative at the national level during the Felda Settlers’ Day celebration which will be held at Felda Selancar 3 in Muadzam Shah, Rompin, on Sunday.

Felda DG Datuk Dr Othman Omar (picture) said the announcement of the initiative is hoped to enable settlers to generate more income and to stop them from relying heavily on oil palm with unpredictable prices.

“We hope the settlers are working on a slightly different method from the past via the long-term lease method and getting involved in cash crops cultivation,” he said when visiting the venue in Rompin yesterday.

He said long-term leases are seen as benefitting the settlers, especially those who are old, because Felda would replant the crops without the settlers having to obtain loan for replanting purposes.

He said there are more than 70% of settlers aged 56 and above, with some of them having problems pertaining to the land as their children had migrated to the city to find jobs.

Othman said the cash crops could yield revenues up to five to 10 times, and possibly more if they are cultivated using sophisticated technology compared to oil palm.

He said Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali is expected to attend the event.

The PM is also scheduled to announce the winner of the Felda village excellence award for 2018 which offers a cash prize of RM1 million, he said.

Some 10,000 settlers are expected to attend the celebration and participate in various activities including cooking demonstrations from famous chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, or better known as Chef Wan. — Bernama