KOTA BARU: The National Kenaf and Tobacco Board (LKTN) is targeting to have 5,000ha of land under kenaf cultivation by 2015 in line with the National Commodity Policy to make the versatile plant an important contributor to the national economy by 2020, according to director-general Datuk Ahmad Loman.
The Government is promoting kenaf so as to make it the third commodity plant after rubber and oil palm.
However, its cultivation has not met with expectation so far.
The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry has allocated RM65mil under the Tenth Malaysia Plan to undertake research and development.
“About RM1.2mil will be spent this year itself on kenaf research and development,” he told reporters after a briefing yesterday.
Ahmad said the board would undertake various programmes to promote the cultivation of kenaf among ex-tobacco farmers and step up cooperation with related agencies including the private sector. – Bernama