Wanted – cheaper au­to­mated rub­ber tap­ping de­vice

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Min­istry of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion (Mosti) is seek­ing to in­tro­duce an af­ford­able au­to­mated rub­ber tap­ping de­vice as one way to over­come the worker short­age.

Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Wil­fred Ma­dius Tan­gau said, at present, the sec­tor has a prob­lem bring­ing in for­eign work­ers.

“We have planted hundreds of thou­sands of rub­ber trees through a govern­ment as­sis­tance scheme, but we are fac­ing a chal­lenge in tap­ping these trees as we can’t bring in for­eign work­ers.

“So what is the so­lu­tion? (For Mosti) the so­lu­tion is to au­to­mate it, and we have to come up with an in­no­va­tive de­vice that does not just tap the trees but also col­lects the la­tex,” he told re­porters here yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier, Ma­dius opened the Sec­ond Tech­nol­ogy and Ap­pli­ca­tions for Disas­ter Man­age­ment In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by Astro­nau­tic Tec­nol­ogy (M) Sdn Bhd.

He said although such a de­vice al­ready ex­ists and is used by the Malaysian Rub­ber Board, its op­er­at­ing cost is too high.– Ber­nama

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