Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority
Pihak Berkuasa Kemajuan Pekebun Kecil Perusahaan Getah
Federal agency overview
Formed1 January 1973; 51 years ago (1973-01-01)
Preceding Federal agency
  • Rubber Industry Replanting Board (RIRB)
TypeFederal government
JurisdictionGovernment of Malaysia
HeadquartersBangunan RISDA, KM 7, Jalan Ampang, 50990 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Minister responsible
Federal agency executives
Parent Federal agencyMinistry of Rural and Regional Development

The Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Malay: Pihak Berkuasa Kemajuan Pekebun Kecil Perusahaan Getah), abbreviated RISDA, is a Malaysian federal government agency under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development.[1][2] Established in 1973,[3] it entrusted to oversee the smallholder sector as an important production sector in the national economy.[4][5][6][7] RISDA also provides higher education through its educational institution, the University College of Agroscience Malaysia (UCAM; formerly RISDA College).


RISDA traces its roots to 1952 with the establishment of the Rubber Industry Replanting Board (RIRB) which headquartered at the District Office in Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur. The RIRB provides basic principles for development and modernisation programmes for rubber smallholders. By the end of 1960s, the RIRB faced problems to expanding its operations and finally dissolved on 31 December 1972.[8]

RISDA was established on 1 January 1973 under the powers passed by Parliament: the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) Act 1972 [Act 85] and the Rubber Industry Fund (Replanting) Ordinance 1952. It commenced operations on 8 February 1973, taking over many functions of its predecessor agency, the RIRB and its launch was officiated by the-then Prime Minister, Abdul Razak Hussein.[1][9][10]

In 1978, RISDA announced it went on to venture the plantation business to help upgrade its service to rubber industry smallholders in Malaysia, particularly in the state of Perak.[11] The agency through its preliminary estimation stated that 20,234 hectares of estates would be approved for replanting and it would spend RM63 million in replanting grants.[12]

In 1981, RISDA transferred management and development of 42.120 hectares of its estates to its newly-established subsidiary, Smallholders Estate Sdn. Bhd.[13]

By 1994, RISDA began to privatize its three main activities within its organisation to reduced expenditure and trim size of its workforce.[14]




RISDA's education arm, the RISDA College (Malay: Kolej RISDA), formerly known as RISDA Training Institute (Malay: Institut Latihan RISDA), is established in 1999 to help the children of the rubber industry smallholders to have the opportunity to pursue higher education, if they are not admitted to public universities.[15][16] The college, which was located in Alor Gajah, Malacca, also offers academic study programs at certificate and diploma levels. In 2014, RISDA College is upgraded into a university college and renamed as the University College of Agroscience Malaysia (Malay: Kolej Universiti Agrosains Malaysia; UCAM).[17]

See also


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  5. ^ "Azmin on Risda allocation: Dr M insisted the poor receive financial aid". The Star. 22 December 2018. Archived from the original on Dec 24, 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
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  10. ^ Abdullah Wan Chik (5 July 1995). "RISDA nadi ekonomi pekebun kecil" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Risda ventures into plantations". Business Times. 20 October 1978. p. 2. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  12. ^ "$63m in grants lor replanting by smallholders". Business Times. 9 January 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  13. ^ "RISDA transfer". The Straits Times. 14 October 1981. p. 17.
  14. ^ "Risda to privatize 3 main activities". Business Times. 21 December 1994. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  15. ^ Mohd Nasri Zakariah (29 April 2000). "Kolej Risda bantu anak pekebun kecil" (in Malay). Harian Metro. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
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  17. ^ "UCAM komited lahir graduan proaktif". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 20 May 2017. Archived from the original on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.