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Kota Kinabalu: A total RM370 million has been allocated for five agropolitan projects for this year and next under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said Tuesday.
The projects are in Kota Belud (RM70 million), Pitas (RM120 million), Kemabong (RM40 million), Beluran (RM60 million) and Tongod (RM80 million), he said after chairing the State Steering Committee on Poverty Eradication/SPKR at Wisma Innoprise near here. Between 5,000 and 5,500 hardcore poor household heads are expected to benefit from these five projects, which would see rubber as its main economic activity and the main implementing agency would be the Sabah Rubber Industry Board (SRIB).
Three of the projects in Kota Belud, Pitas and Kemabong are expected to start this year with preliminary works such as perimeter surveying and Environmental Impact Assessment in Kota Belud and Kemabong to start soon. For Pitas, about 4,000 hectares had so far been cleared for the project, while in Kemabong about 6,000 acres of rubber plantation would be developed in Kampung Kabintaluan. While for the Kota Belud Agropolitan in Kampung Rosob/Surun and Kampung Pintasan, apart from the 2,000-acre rubber plantation it would also include dairy farming costing about RM53 million.