Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali

KUCHING: The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (KPPK) is still providing assistance to build smallholder farm roads (JLPK) for private commodity smallholders under the ministry, namely those involved in oil palm, rubber, pepper, cocoa and kenaf implemented throughout West Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

Its Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said this in a written answer to Senator Rita Sarimah Patrick Insol for the Dewan Rakyat session today.

He said for smallholders who intended to apply for JLPK, applications can be made through KPPK agencies, namely Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB), Malaysian Cocoa Board (LKM), National Kenaf and Tobacco Board (LKTN) and Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB) at the respective state levels for the proposal of JLPK application at the ministry’s level.

“Applications will be considered by the ministry within subject to the allocation approved by the government in the current year and the suitability of the location after taking into account the width of road reserves, road shoulders and road use that can benefit many smallholders in the area,” he said.

In the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), Khairuddin said the JLPK project was approved with an allocation of RM64.8 million for the implementation of 263 JLPK projects with a total distance of 524km during a period from 2016 to 2020.

“After taking into account the implementation of JLPK in the 11MP, there was a surplus of RM16.7 million. Therefore, this project has been applied as a continuation project in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP),” he pointed out.