Published: Monday January 14, 2013 MYT 8:48:00 PM
Updated: Monday January 14, 2013 MYT 11:11:21 PM
Felda pays RM102.12mil in bonus to qualified settlers
KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has paid out RM102.12mil in Settlers Productivity Incentive Bonus (BIPP) for the year 2012 to qualified settlers nationwide.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the payment was completed in the third week of December last year for 94,839 of 112,635 settlers as a sign of appreciation for their support to the oil palm and rubber industry development.
"The payment was based on two factors, namely loyalty towards the replanting programme and productivity based on harvest sent to Felda's mills," he told reporters after attending the Felda Transformation Seminar here, Monday.
He said settlers, who abided by the replanting programme undertaken by Felda received a maximum payment of RM1,200 each, while those who worked their own land were evaluated based on harvest sold to Felda.
For oil palm settlers, a minimum bonus entitlement was RM400 was paid for delivering between 9.01 and 12 tonnes per ha of their harvest while a maximum payment of RM1,200 was given to those who supplied more than 20 tonnes per ha.
For rubber settlers, a minimum payment of RM400 was given to those who supplied between 550.01 and 750 kg per ha of their harvest while those who supplied at least 1,300kg per ha received a maximum bonus of RM1,200.
Ahmad said the BIPP payment for 2012, which was higher compared to RM101.87mil to 94,317 settlers the previous year, reflected an increase in the number of settlers sending their harvest to Felda mills, thus denying uncalled for claims before Felda's listing.
Earlier, Ahmad presented a paper entitled the 'Government Transformation Programme: National Aspiration, the People's Hopes' at the seminar, which was attended by 636 Felda senior management personnel. - Bernama