Q: What is SALCRA’s concept in land development?
A: The approach adopted by SALCRA in its land development programme is on “in-situ” concept, which means bringing project to existing communities instead of bringing people to projects. Land development under SALCRA’s concept make use of the existing unutilised or under-utilised lands for the benefit of landowners or claimants without jeopardising their rights of ownership or claim to such land. Land will only be developed, if consented. Non – participating lands are excluded from the project.
Q: How to join SALCRA Project?
A: Normally, SALCRA will only initiate a land development project upon the request of the landowners themselves. The land is preferably 5,000 Ha of contiguous land. SALCRA will then conduct dialogue or briefing on how their lands are to be developed and managed. Satisfied upon willingness of landowners to participate, the suitability of the proposed areas will be studied. Assuming that the land is technically suitable for development, the next step is to obtain formal consent of the landowners. Consent is documented with the signing of the ‘Letter of Consent’ by the landowners.
Q: How long is the development period?
A: The development period takes 25 years for one (1) full cycle. It may be extended / renewed if the landowners wish to replant or continue for another cycle. The land will automatically reverted to landowners upon expiry.
Q: What are the benefits from participating in SALCRA projects?
A: Financial Benefits – which is the disbursement of Nett Proceeds to eligible landowners. Creation of Rural Jobs Opportunities – Participants, non – landowners and non – participants may be hired to work in the estates. Accessibility to Infrastructures – Participating villages in SALCRA’s projects also enjoy the provision of infrastructural facilities. The most common are the construction of access roads and bridges to the villages. Local Involvement in Management – The participants are represented in the management at the estate level through the Estate Development Committee (JPLS). Entrepreneurship – The development brought by SALCRA had opened up business opportunities and encouraged entrepreneurship among participants.
Q: How much will an eligible landowner receive from the project returns?
A: Surplus revenue from the project is distributed 100% to the participating landowners after deducting operating cost, loan repayment, financial charges, and reserves
Q: What are the roles of Estate Development Committee (JPLS)?
A: As a communication bridge between landowners and SALCRA. Identify and solve problems during project implementation e.g. Land Dispute or boundary dispute. Work with the estate management and SALCRA on Work Programme. Promote consultative and harmonious relationship between landowners and SALCRA.