Sunday, December 30, 2007

MesraFarms updates for you

The Interior & Exterior of my longhouse - lower part are pictures of MF at Land Plot No 3

From 20 to 29 Dec 2007 my family and I went to Miri 3 times. We went to Miri on 20 dec and back on 21 dec fetching my daughter who flew in from Jogjakarta for her xmas holiday. Went to Miri again on 26 dec on day trip this time to send my daughter back to Miri enroute to Jogja. On 28th dec we went to Miri again for relatives from Niah wedding at Marriotts Hotel and back to Btu on 29 dec. On 30 I went home to MF on day trip. You will see pictures of my longhouse and MF latest development on the plot of land which is more than 9 acres in size. This plot can accommodate about 600 trees thereby making MF - 1700 trees in all.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

More Pictures from home

More Pictures from home

Some Xmas Pictures

Family Picture - Daphne is in Scotland

Food catering by Peace Garden

Our Christmas Turkey

Monday, December 3, 2007

Some pictures of the family

While on holiday in Jogyakarta, Indonesia

Three adorable children

Daphne, Erica & Gavin

Xmas tree at 755 & in the middle is the entrance to MesraFarms

2nd Dec 2007 - St Charles Church in Selangau was packed & full

This was one unusual sunday where the church was full.We saw the Lua's, the Ogos's, the Denis's,the Gulang's family and the Rantai's family. Praise the lord. Everyone has to enter the church barefooted in order not to soil the newly tiled floor and the landas season would have bring in alot of muddy foot prints.I was in Selangau for my weekly MesraFarms round.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Wait before you decide to join in - look at this


Works To be done / Pre-requisites

1 It is important to have sufficient motivation, determination, foresight and family support, 4WD vehicle, MPOB book on palm oil planting for smallholders, commuting between town and farms, etc
2 Sufficient funds on average development cost for first 3 years is about RM3000 per acre
3 Look for or buy land with good accessibility and contiguous block where possible; and ready supply of labor in the area – the following works will then commence
4 Felling big trees – lump sum contract in my case RM5K for clearing 30 acres
5 Look for and hire excavator for 3-4 months use; you can hire it on monthly basis, hourly rate or even on contract basis eg RM800 per ha for stacking works
6 Constructing access road and culverts on the land –mandatory for efficient transport and transfer of farm materials seedlings, fertilizer and later fresh fruit bunches (ffb) ; rate RM40 per chain
7 Stacking – the trees and shrubs @RM800 per ha
-Alternatively you may burn the clearings but if it is rainy season and you are in hurry to plant - stacking is a must for you
8 Constructing terraces - Mandatory for hilly land and easier farm maintenance at later stage; RM30-35 per chain
9 Source for seedlings and transporting same to farm site
10 Source for fertilizer to be applied at base of plants
11 Marking planting points normally 60 plants per acre
12 Planting the young palms – look for palms having spent 12 – 18 months from a MPOB licensed nursery
13 Source for gravel and stone for access roads improvement
14 Apply fertilizer once everything 2 months unless you use controlled release fertilizer such as APEX type from US which permit manuring once every 6-8 months
15 Plant cover crops to prevent erosion if necessary
16 Getting people to “ngeracun rumput” once every 3-4 months
17 Inspection of the fields once every 2 months for rodden and animal attacks on the young plants – replace damage plants as appropriate; pests come in the form of squirrels, rats and porcupines as well as wild boars
18 After this you can relax a little while until the next – manuring and
ngeracun rumput season which is about 2-3 months later and periodically
19 Inspections and more – pray and wait for good harvest and returns!


• A farmer in ulu Niah earns as much as RM30,000 per months (ie 60 tonnes of ffb per month)
• Another farmer has less than 200 trees and yet earns about RM4000 per harvest cycle
• Some shopkeepers in Batu Niah are reported to sell shophouses as capital to buy land from natives and plant it with palm oil
• A farmer in Selangau earns about RM7000 per month from 560 trees
• Another farmer earns about RM2400 from less than 300 trees
• A young and well paid manager resigned from the port and planted 300 acres of palm oil transforming himself from an employee to become an employer
• Two practising lawyers from Bintulu planted 300 acres in between themselves
• An up and rising oil and gas company executive from Bintulu is in the process of planting about 40 ha of palm oil in Selangau
• One story has it: a farmer earns RM30,000 from 2000 trees of palm oil
• Every family in Niah is planting palm oil and abandon paddy and even pepper planting
• Soon to be retiring agriculture officer from Selangau is in the midst of planting in excess of 1000 trees of palm oil
• A retired company executive from ABF has planted 15 acres with palm oil.
• A safety officer and several firemen from Bintulu port are planting in between 400 – 1000 trees of palm oil each
• Based on these people experiences: one tree of matured palm tree can earn in between RM10 -20 per tree per month!


• This is an agricultural revolution spreading like wild fires in East Malaysia
• Turning idle land into valuable economic assets – earning additional money for you
• The venture is proven money spinning and why not join the bandwagon!
• Our children can eventually become estate managers in our own land and not merely earning degrees to become “some else employees” - unhappy/ underpaid in their jobs!
• Today fresh graduate engineers / doctors draw a monthly salary of between RM2000 – 3000 whilst an illiterate rural palm oil smallholders happily make RM7000 per month – and I ask myself why not join them?
• You may lure the BIG plantation companies into your area but NEVER surrender good accessibility NCR to them; instead allocate the distant / remote land in the interior to these companies and allow them access through your land.
• Why work on the basis of 60:30:10 profit sharing with the plantation companies if you have some money to start 100% your own farm venture?
• Renting out your land for RM0.50 per palm tree per month is chicken feed and not a solution either! You get RM300 per 10 acres per month in rent but the other party is making betw RM6000 – 12000 per month (ie you get betw 3 – 5% of the gross income while the other party is enjoying 95 – 97 % ); or if the rent is RM1 per tree per month you get a miserable 5 – 10 % and the other party gets 90 - 95%.
• If the palm oil industry crashed the capitalist will ran away from sight let alone pay you but if the price hit the ceiling or skyhigh – you’ll get to spend your time cursing the deal!
• In Selangau the lands were surrendered to plantation companies close to 10 years ago and yet NOT a single cent in bonus and dividend to landowners in sight! While several farmers in the area who have got guts and foresight are laughing their way to the bank with a gross monthly income of between RM2400 – 7000.
• Today ffb fetches RM500+ per tonne while your harvesting plus transporting ffb to mill cost RM70 per tonne – which means just simply shaking your legs you can still earn RM(500 – 70) = 430 gross income per tonne per month. Imagine if you have 20 tonnes per month – this will translate to additional RM8600 income per month.
• Alternatively if you have 1000 matured trees this have potential to bring in between RM10,000 – 20,000 gross income per month(ie at RM10-20 per tree per month).
• This - my friend are not stuffs made from wild dreams but proven financial returns from established smallholders present day record of achievement!
• Now place your bet before I throw out the dice..... thinking aloud: if you will forgive me afterall I am no expert and in fact trying my luck too!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

More MesraFarms in pictures

We brought along 20+ workers last friday and saturday to load young palm oil plants from Mukah 3 using 2 cargo lorries and send them to MesraFarms. One lorry carried 414 plants while another 477.