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Assemblyman Chow Yu Hui:

‘Bad deal for small durian growers in Malaysia’

The Musang King or Mao Shan Wang durian is one of Malaysia's most significant agri products, with 70 percent delivered in the province of Pahang and sent to places like China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

A joint venture between the state government and the Royal Pahang Durian Resources (RPDR) organization saw the lease of in excess of 2,000 ha of land of land in the Raub district granted to the organization. According to an opposition lawmaker, this contract would disenfranchise local farmers.

The arrangement, apparently to clear a path for enormous scope durian cultivating, will legitimize smallhold growers who have been tending the land for a considerable length of time and permit them to acquire affirmations required for send out, yet in addition expect them to meet yield targets and offer their produce to the organization at a set cost.

Assemblyman Chow Yu Hui said in a statement that the contract would see corporations gain a monopoly over the durian trade and send prices soaring.

Economist Khor Yu Leng has claimed that the area will be equivalent to between four or five per cent of Malaysia's production area - which amounts to about 50,000 hectares - and is home to the higher value Mao Shan Wang trees.

Khor said it appears as though the resident farmers - who are among Malaysia's wealthiest due to the durian boom of recent years - lack full land rights, meaning the new company is essentially a private-public partnership that will be the landlord for a number of durian farmers.

Source: asiaone.com


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