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RM62.6 million land development works: Sabah Land Development Board
Published on: Thursday, September 28, 2023
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RM62.6 million land development works: Sabah Land Development Board
Abd Ghani (third right), accompanied by Syaheddrul (fourth right) during the symbolic handing over of a PPRT house to a recipient.
NABAWAN: The Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB) has invested RM62.6 million to develop its plantations in the West Coast region, covering Keningau, Beaufort, Tenom, Kota Marudu, Tongod and Nabawan this year. 

Its General Manager Syaheddrul R Joddari said among the land development works carried out were farm road upgrade, oil palm productivity improvement programme, farm infrastructure and main road upgrade, village road, agricultural gravel road upgrade, area development project (PPK), integrated village economic development Project (Prospek) and Poor People’s Housing Programme (PPRT).

According to him, SLDB aims to build 747 PPRT units this year, comprising 330 new units and 417 refurbished ones. 

He said a total of 247 PPRT units are available for occupancy for those who qualify. 

“For Nabawan, a total of RM19.2 million has been allocated between 2021 and 2023 for the development of rural land involving SLDB participants and settlers. 

“”For the PPRT in Nabawan, a total of 25 units are ready for occupancy for the years 2021 and 2022, while the target for 2023 is 65 units with a total expenditure of RM3.5 million,” he said at a goodwill event with SLDB participants at the Nabawan Multipurpose Hall. 

The ceremony was officiated by SLDB Chairman Datuk Abd Ghani Mohamaed Yassin who is also Nabawan Assemblyman. Also present was Nabawan District Officer Peter Jiton. 

Syaheddrul said in addition to palm oil, SLDB also started diversifying agricultural activities to ensure economic improvement among the rural community. 

Among short-term crops that have been identified and started included the MD2 pineapple and Napier grass farming for cattle, while long-term crops included Musang King Durian and Pandan Coconut plantation. 

He said areas that are unsuitable for oil palm plantations due to their topographical conditions need a variety of crops. 

Regarding the programme at hand, Syaheddrul said its goal is to promote goodwill and harmony among participants/settlers and SLDB.

Additionally, it seeks to better explain their different roles and responsibilities in developing the land in accordance with the Sabah Maju Jaya’s direction. 

The programme serves as a forum for educating the public, particularly Sabah’s rural residents, on the roles and contributions of SLDB to economic and social development. 

This can make the community more aware of how crucial it is to maintain and grow the agriculture and plantation sector, he added. 

The programme featured various activities such as volleyball competition, traditional sports, e-sports, as well as exhibitions by the Agriculture Department, Open University Malaysia, GiatMara, Farmers Association, the Syariah Court, and Socso, among others. 

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