Friday, February 19

Oil Palm small holding

In Julau last week YB Joseph Salang suggested that oil palm developers should adopt concept of “sewa pajak” (mortgage) to develop native customary rights land.

Under this concept, the Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture explained that the land is rented to the developers and involved the setting up of mini estates instead of large scale land use.

“Not all NCLs are suitable for large scale cultivation like oil palm plantation because of terrain and soil condition.

“In addition, not all land owners like long term joint ventures (of 60 years),”
he said when meeting the people of Rumah Mauwa in Nanga Masit, Julau.

He said that land owners and interested parties could work out a mechanism for rent payment. It could be based on a number of trees planted like the case of rubber.

The other option is for the land owners to develop their land under small holding schemes just like they planted rubber under the rubber planting schemes.

In fact under this scheme land owners earn more money than they go for joint venture with big companies or even with SALCRA where their earnings/dividends/bonus are just like “ikan bilis”.

Let me illustrate a story told to me when I was at Melayu Ili, Betong two weeks ago about a grandfather receiving RM700 dividends from SALCRA after seven years of planting. He was proud receiving the dividend and showed a cheque for that amount to his grandson.

“Reti nya aki, nuan semina nerima RM100 setaun tauka RM8.33 sebulan,” ko uchu iya. (It means that his grandfather received RM100 per year or RM8.33 per month).

Compared the earnings of small holders like Tuai Rumah Masa of Tekuyong, Ubah, Pantu, who earns between RM1,500 and RM2,500 a day. His average income per month is around RM15,000.

Cobbold John Lusoi is another example. His daily income is around RM1,500 a day. There are few Ibans in Balai Ringin, Simunjan, Pantu and Sri Aman earning RM1,000 or more.

Previously, these small holders sell their oil palm fruits direct to SALCRA or Tabung Haji mills and are being paid weeks later.

But now they sell direct to a company, Century Garden Sarawak which is owned by Tedewin Ngumbang and friends.

Workers from this company go direct to small holders and buy the fruits and pay them on the spot. The small holders do not worry about transportation nor do they worry about late payment.
The company will then send the fruits to either SALCRA mill or Tabung Haji which one of them offers better services and facilities.

According to Tedewin, his company is prepared to help Ibans going into the planting of oil palm on small holding basis. – The Broken Shield



Iban Pantu said...

Oleh Cobbold John satu hari RM1,500.00, reti nya satu bulan RM45,000.00. Apo.oo.o maioh amat nya, alah gaji Jabu, Masing enggau Mawan.

Bisi Chief Security nuan Unggal Cobbold nyaga kebun kelapa sawit. Enti nadai, ngiga bala polis enggau askar ti udah pencen meh.

Anonymous said...

I doubt Tedewin can help all these dayaks.Is Jetty just popularizing his close friend.

newvoter said...

how much (rm) the developers should pay per acre to the land's owner???

Anonymous said...

A grandfather received RM700 in cheque for dividend paid by Selcra after ten years of planting, meaning roughly RM8.00 a month. Is it the dividend which Jabu and Masing proud of, which can improve the standards of living of dayaks.

If any dayak has about 5 acres of land, it is better for you to allow `midin` to grow there, where you can get an income not less than RM1,000 a month.

apai irau said...

yes,cobbold did well,and we hope the others can do the for the role of taukay ted ngumbang,we should appreciate it very much as not many of us dayak,iban in particular,has that kind of company,so to anonymous feb.19,dont put doubt to everything people do.think positively,if itis good for the community,why doubtful.

newvoter said...

i agree with u. it better to jual "miding" than to get rm 8 per month (dividend from "sel kera"

as everyone knew, "sel kera" was made by mentehi Jabuunn.

Anonymous said...

Bala Iban, Dayak bukai end tentu perchaya ka bangsa diri ti bc bisness tang arap agi ka bala Achong, tuudah mentaliti bangsa kitai. Kepapas, chemburu ka pangan bansa diri kati ko kitai tau maju

Anonymous said...

RM1,500 average daily income (gross), at an average per ton price of fruits at RM2,500 would mean the guy produces something like 18-20 tons per month. His net earnings might be lower, maybe some RM75-RM150. But even that sounds good! And its in cash!

Wonder how gomen manage fertiliser subsidy for these people?

About half ton collection of fruits daily may not sound difficult, although labor must be readily available. Fruit delivery to external transport must be good as it's understood that they are only good for so many hours after ripening.

It sounds like a good turning out of resources including creating employment chances in these times!

-Ah Palm-

Anonymous said...

If the government is sincere in helping the dayaks,more access roads must be constructed. Our problem is that, we can develop our land but we can't afford to construct road. As a result, the government bluffs and threatens the dayaks by accusing them for failing to develop their land. Then the cheating lots force dayaks to go for a joint-venture. In the end, dayaks land are taken by just RM8 per month as in the story of a grandfather from Melayu Ili.

Anonymous said...

The story from my village.

My area comprises 23 longhouses.A company wants to develop our NCR. My family has 3ha.The company pays RM135/ha. So my father will receive RM405/month. The agreement is 60yrs. I have 2 other siblings. For the next 60yrs, that RM405 will be shared among the 3 of us. How much, until the 60yrs ends.
Does that mean to help us, the dayaks?