RUBBER FOREST PLANTATION

Establishment of rubber forest plantation:

  • Improves supply situation to the local wood industries, and
  • Provides qualitative benefits such as soil, biodiversity, and environmental conservations if managed sustainably. 

Silviculture and Management

Land Clearing and Preparation

  • Clearing felling with zero burning (stacking) and fencing are preferred. This allows decomposition of debris creating ecosystem of organism and nutrient re-cycling within the rubber forest plantation.
  • The use of machinery is encouraged only if the machine used has negligible effect on soil compaction.
  • A footpath for movement and platform of 1 m square at planting point are constructed (no terracing).

Planting materials

  • Choice of rubber clones for planting depends on terrain and wind velocity.
  • A mixture of appropriate clones whether latex timber clones (LTC) or timber clones (TC) are recommended especially for large, small and medium scales planting except agro-forestry ( < 4 ha land area) whereby 1 Malaysia clone (RRIM 3001) is solely recommended.
  • Prior planting seedlings need certification from LGM unless it is sourced from FPDSB or its authorized representatives that shall provide certified high quality seedlings from proven provenances and clones.

Planting distance

  • Spacing is usually 4 m x 4 m for TC and 2.4 m between trees and 6.4 m between rows for LTC to achieve an initial stocking of 625 trees ha-1.
  • Planting distance for agro-forestry with RRIM 3001 clone is 1.3 m x 9 m (850 trees ha-1) to allow flexible interplay between various land uses (intercropping and animal husbandry) to alleviate farmers income through intensively sound management practices.

Lining/holing/planting

  • Prior holing planting points are marked during lining. During planting (rainy weather), 120 g tree-1 of phosphate fertilizer (CIRP) is added.
  • Proper planting technique is needed to avoid formation of elephant foot at later stages.

Maintenance

  • Fertilizer application and weeding are carried out yearly until 2 or 3 years prior harvesting the rubber stands.
  • Pruning (removal side branches and multileaders) is carried once the age rubber stands is 11/2 years old and continued until 6 m clear bole is achieved.
  • The details on the silviculture and management inclusive tapping are described in Manual Teknologi Penanaman Getah available from Malaysian Rubber Board.

Fire Control

  • Preparation of fire management or fire suppression plan is necessary and needs to be implemented especially during dry weather.

Monitoring

  • A reliable method for stand monitoring and formulation of growth and yield equation is important in monitoring rubber stand yield.

Harvesting

  • The logging system adopted should be environmental friendly to attain sustainable site productivity for next rotation.

Planning and Sustainable Management

  • Management of rubber forest plantation on sustainable basis needs a Management Plan whereby managers involve can prepare a detailed working plan to achieve the objectives especially in making decision on yearly activities.

Operation Hours

Monday: 08:30 - 5:30
Tuesday: 08:30 - 5:30
Wednesday: 08:30 - 5:30
Thursday: 08:30 - 5:30
Friday: 08:30 - 5:30
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED
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Lunch Time : 1.00PM-2.00PM
Lunch Time Friday: 12.15PM-2.45PM

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Forest Plantation Development Sdn Bhd,
Level 9, Menara PGRM 2,
No.8, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.


Tel : 603- 9282 9000
Fax : 603-9286 1002 / 1003

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