A new role for Malaysia's FELDA: from land settlement agency to plantation company

K. Sutton, Amiah @ Amriah Buang

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Abstract

Malaysia's Federal Land Development Autority (FELDA) has matured over 30 yr into one of the Third World's most successful land settlement agencies. However, its role as a current model of land settlement has ceased following a major policy change in 1991 which quite suddenly has stopped the recruitment of further settlers. Henceforth FELDA will function as an agribusiness land development agency, more on the lines of a plantation company aiming for commercial efficiency than a state organisation with social development objectives. The settlement "balance sheet' of the past 30 yr of settlement activity is evaluated along with the emerging problems of success and maturity, which include especially the changeover to a second generation of settlers and the conversion to a replacement crop as both initial settlers and rubber trees age and have to be retired. The first results of FELDA's new plantation sector are examined together with some alternative scenarios for FELDA's future. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-137
Number of pages13
JournalGeography
Volume80
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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A new role for Malaysia's FELDA : from land settlement agency to plantation company. / Sutton, K.; Buang, Amiah @ Amriah.

In: Geography, Vol. 80, No. 2, 1995, p. 125-137.

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Sutton, K & Buang, AA 1995, 'A new role for Malaysia's FELDA: from land settlement agency to plantation company', Geography, vol. 80, no. 2, pp. 125-137.
Sutton, K. ; Buang, Amiah @ Amriah. / A new role for Malaysia's FELDA : from land settlement agency to plantation company. In: Geography. 1995 ; Vol. 80, No. 2. pp. 125-137.
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