Centre for Rural Transformation
Pahang State Government has identified two locations for the creation of the Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) in Pahang in Kuala Pahang, Town and City Centre Jengka, Maran. In addition, the government also agreed to open two RTC mini village in Raub and Kuala Medang, Lipis. The main objective of the government to introduce mini-RTC and the RTC is to meet the National Blue Ocean Strategic concept that benefits local people in rural areas. According to the Chief Minister, Dato 'Seri Adnan Yaacob, RTC serves as a center for collection, processing and distribution of agricultural products, banking services and advisory services. In addition, the RTC also served as the location of population increase income by performing various economic activities. Mini while in Kampung Kuala Medang RTC also can be used as one-stop center for the tourist areas it gets focus in. (KK18: February 2nd, 2013 - By: Alina Zaireen Ismail)
Benefitting From Herbal Plants
Following the success of its rubber and oil palm cultivations, the management of Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) for Jengka Region decided to embark on the commercial cultivation of tongkat ali or scientifically known as Eurycoma Longifolia Jack, a herbal plant. The decision was based on its vast potential as an important health product especially for men and comparable to the ginseng root from Korea. Three land schemes had been identified for the programme, namely FELDA Sena Jengka 16, FELDA Sungai Tekam Getah and FELDA Tonkin Jengka 23. They were given the mandate to be the pioneer in its cultivation five years ago. The 11,000 tongkat ali plants planted on 2.2 hectares of land had started to bear fruit.
The nutritional value of tongkat ali is unquestionable. Caring for the plant is easy as it is less prone to diseases unlike other crops such as vegetables. Regardless of weather conditions, it thrives on lateritic soil. Nonetheless, regular fertilisation is necessary. It takes five years to mature before it can be harvested and processed to produce various health products. In order to increase production, other land schemes in Jengka are expected to be involved in its cultivation as well. (Last Update: 7 July, 2010)
Main Crops Are Oil Palm And Rubber
Jengka clusters consist of 25 FELDA land schemes that focus on rubber and oil palm plantation activities as their main activity. If you have ever visited Jengka, you would have certainly noticed the wide expanse of rubber and oil palm plantations on either sides of the road. These plantations have existed more than 20 years ago. A few settlers work on their rubber and oil palm plantations while others engage workers to do the job.
There are also residents who sell their farm products such as fruits at the town centre. Most of the fruits are acquired from all over Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu and other states. Siti Jamilah Mat Lala, 47, has been a fruit seller for more than 20 years. She also plants fruits like rambutan, on a small scale. Among the fruits sold by Siti Jamilah are oranges, dragon fruits, watermelons and lychees. The income acquired is sufficient to support the living expenses and upkeep of her children.