Knowledge Transfer and Rubber Nursery Handover Program

Diterbitkan: Khamis, 10 Mac 2016

Article by: Dr Jualang Azlan Gansau

 

The Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili has given his assurance that the rubber industry is still relevant and can generate profit in the long run. He also added that the rubber industry will always be needed by the market.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is still investing as they predict this industry will flourish again although this commodity has been languishing at a seven-year low. The government has ensured it will help the rubber cultivators through training and seminar programs.

 

Growing rubber trees are much suitable for small-scale farmers as it does not require constant care compared to oil palm. Thus, UMS organized a program for the community of Kimaragang and 200 people that are not registered under the Sabah Rubber Industry Board (LIGS) in Kota Marudu took part in that program. The objective of the program is to ease the purchase of rubber seedlings with the joint effort of Kimaragang Land Development Cooperative.

 

The community was taught to produce its own quality rubber seedlings and to produce quality latex through grafting technique which can also be applied to fruit plantations and floral industry. The community was also taught about entrepreneurialism and skills to manage and organize the rubber nursery in a systematic way.