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Government has implemented various special programmes to address poverty on a sustainable basis, especially in terms of providing better housing and infrastructure, income generating opportunities, such as through agropolitan projects.

Agropolitan development strategies will utilise an integrated approach to advance rural development in agriculture, agro-based and other rural industries.

The main objective is to upgrade the income level and eradicate poverty among the rural population by providing the able-bodied poor with shares in land development projects.

This will include the establishment of centrally managed plantations, where poor families will be given shares of the estate.

The areas of resettlement will be provided with basic infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water, as well as social amenities such as community halls, mosques, libraries, playgrounds and business centres.

In the Tenth Malaysia Plan Government focus on poverty eradication shift towards the low-income segment, specifically the bottom 40%, this consists of 2.4 million households.

The strategy for the bottom 40% differs from the issue of poverty, in that it is not a case of dispensing assistance but ensuring that low-income households have the opportunity to enjoy a better standard of living.

One of Malaysia’s longstanding development objectives is the provision of affordable housing for Malaysians in both rural and urban areas, with a focus on lower-income groups.

This effort play a key role in supporting successful efforts of poverty eradication.

Rimbunan Kaseh project is a Public-Private Partnership to transform rural areas to be able to maintain sustainability by providing a comfortable home and infrastructure with the support of integrated modern agricultural activities.

Rimbunan Kaseh is spearheading by IRIS Corporation Bhd. To date the projects successfully implemented in Pahang and Perak.

There are two main components of the project which are IRIS Integrated Farming Methodology and IRIS Koto IBS Technology.

Basically, the company will develop low-cost housing using the “Koto” system, which is a new way to mass manufacture energy efficient housing from the foundation right up to the roofing.

More importantly, it allows speedily execution of works which we have seen from a video clip on how a construction of a single-storey landed property with a built-up of 900 square feet (83.61 square meters) can be completed within 10 days.

As far as the integrated farming is concerned, Iris is bundling the new farming technology into Rimbunan Kasih by introducing the AutoPot System.

IRIS Koto IBS Technology is intended to provide comfortable housing
and energy efficient using the green building technology.

This technology will reduce the construction period to just 60 days
with a total cost between RM50,000 to RM60,000

Koto IBS system is a hi-speed, energy efficient, cost effective building system that is versatile enough to construct any building structure from portable mobile units, low, medium, high costs housing, factories, fire pods, high rise units and commercial units for tourism etc.

All Koto building components can be “Fully Integrated” from the foundation to the roof, with flexible design and simplified installation.

Koto building systems are manufactured on a hi-speed Processing Line to excellent tolerances.

This means it provides enough materials for up to 30 complete homes per hour from one of our processing lines.

All products have multipurpose uses, can be fully integrated into various systems construction.

The uniquely reinforced composites are tough, ductile, easy to use, changeable, modify, (even if damaged) recycle, cost effective, but most importantly the construction process is simplified for even the most sophisticated project without the need for highly skilled trades.

The raw base material can be “modified” to suit practically any application or any “special needs” for any building types.

Koto surfacing offers many choices of finishes that can be applied to any surface in any weather condition or alternating temperatures.

Essentially, Koto hi-speed building products are a unique low cost formwork that comes to your site pre-finished for super fast installation that remains in-situ.

It is green, eliminates waste and those expensive human errors often found in conventional construction practices.

This project has shown it practicality and cost effective. The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) expects to replicate its high-tech self-contained initiative at 12 sites in the short to medium term.

This project provides a potential global template for addressing rural poverty and achieving environmental sustainability.

The Rimbunan Kaseh model community located on 12 hectare in Pahang, consisting of 100 affordable homes, high-tech educational, training and recreational facilities, and a creative, closed-loop agricultural system designed to provide both food and supplementary income for villagers.

The village’s solar-generated power is complemented by biomass energy and mini-hydro electricity

It includes a four-level aquaculture system whereby water cascades through a series of tanks to raise, first, fish sensitive to water quality, then tilapia, then guppies and finally algae. The latter two products are used to feed the larger fish.

Filtered fish tank wastewater is then used to irrigate trees, grain fields and crops such as flowers and fresh produce, the plants grown individually in novel hydroponic devices.

The “auto-pot” is a three-piece plastic container that automatically detects soil moisture levels and waters plants precisely as required, reducing needs for costly fertilizers and pesticides as well as water.

Organic waste is composted to encourage worms and other organisms on which free-range chickens feed together with the home-grown grains.

In addition to access to reliable food supplies, villagers augment their monthly income by an estimated $400 to $650.

The village also equip with a community hall, resource centre, places of worship, playgrounds and educational facilities equipped with 4G Internet service supporting both e-learning and e-health services.

This project can stimulate rural growth with modern agriculture activities, balance development and economic activities between the urban and rural areas, provide income and improve living standards.

Source : Tenth Malaysia Plan; Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT); DUN Sarawak; BERNAMA and Property Guru;


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