Sime Derby Plantation Sdn. Bhd. is allocating RM 100million to develop the NCR lands in Julau.
With this new JV, more Ibans are going to lose their NCR Lands. Eventually their income from the rubber trees planted in the NCR lands will be shrunk. The assumption is made based on the blogger experience with the JV in Sg Tenggang.
Based on BERNAMA report published by Borneo Post , about 20 hectares of NCR land will be involved in the JV. Please read the article below on the proposed JV between Sime Derby Plantation Sdn. Bhd and the NCR Land owners from Julau. Borneo Post, Friday 10th July 2009. RM100m for NCR land Development. Sime Darby set to work on 20,000ha Julau land in oil palm joint venture deal Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd is set to invest an initial RM100 million to develop oil palm plantations on Native Customary Rights (NCR) lands in Julau, about 55 kilometres from here. Its Plantation Agency and Consultation head Mohd Helmy Othman Basha said the project would cover an area of about 20,000 hectares.
“This is our first project in Sarawak and incidentally on the state’s Native Customary Rights land. “The project will be in a joint venture with landowners from 109 longhouses in three areas namely KJD/Lower Julau, Sungai Julau/Sungai Pitoh and Merurun/Meluan/Entabai,” he told reporters yesterday.Representing the landowners at the joint venture agreement signing ceremony at a community hall here was the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA). Present was Land Development Minister Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing. Helmy said the preparatory work would begin after Sime Darby had done and submitted the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment report to the authority concerned.
Masing said a representative chosen from among the landowners would be appointed to sit on the joint venture’s board of management to keep them informed on any latest developments. He said the landowners would stand to gain as through the plantation they could find jobs and business opportunities and receive dividends and bonuses when the crop is harvested.
“Best of all, each individual landowner will know the exact size and location of his or her land which will be officially recognised,” he said Mupok Aku
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