The long, long wait of the pomelo growers in Tambun for land will soon end with a cheerful note. The Land Office will distribute the land grants to them early next month.
The move will ensure the survival of the locally grown pomelo, which has become synonymous with Ipoh for decades. The growers, cultivating the land on Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL), have been facing an uncertain future for years as they have no control over the land.
In fact, many growers had been forced to vacate their orchards to make way for other projects, including the North-South Expressway. Recently, one of the last patches of orchards was under threat of being taken over for housing development but the state government had wisely revoked the order and promised to allocate the land to the growers.
The good news was announced by MP for Tambun Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husny Hanadziah, who has been working behind the scene to achieve this, during a Chinese New Year luncheon organised by the Persekutuan Pekebun-Pekebun Tambun recently.
Ahmad Husny said the Land Office was completing the preparation of the grants and the official handover “should be around 5 or 6 March.” Seventy-seven owners covering a total area of 107 acres will receive their 99-year lease grants.
He also announced plans to package Limau Tambun together with promotion tours to Banjaran Hot Springs and Lost World of Tambun as “a prime tourist destination”. He specified that the area “from Tambun going towards Ampang would be upgraded, on both sides of the road, with fencing, parking facilities and toilets to accommodate tourists.”
The Association’s adviser Pan Kam Sing said that the growers were eagerly awaiting the grants saying they “had been applying for the grant since the 70s”.
Known commonly as ‘Limau Bali’, pomelo has been grown around Tambun and neighbouring Ampang for over two generations. Due to the quality of the fruit it has become well-known throughout the country and abroad.
The soils of the orchards, which are surrounded by limestone hills, are rich in minerals such as calcium for the tree to thrive and produce the best of the fruits.