MP in Malaysia says Malaysia is loosing out on the international Kratom trade buy banning the plant for cultivation and export.

30 December 2017
MP in Malaysia says Malaysia is loosing out on the international Kratom trade buy banning the plant for cultivation and export.

MP Zahidi Zainul Abidin from Padang Besar Malaysia that the country is losing out on the lucrative Kratom trade by refusing to allow the plant to be cultivated on a commercial basis for export purposes

"I've been raising this issue for years. The trade is dominated by Indonesia and Vietnam who are exporting to Europe while we are still behind," he said, according to Harian Metro today.

MP Zahidi Zainul Abidin from Padang Besar

Mr Zahidi also leads the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda), estimated that the opportunity lost for Malaysia was estimated at about  US$25 million a year.

He went on to say that "The Kratom plantations in Kalimantan, Indonesia are making about US$2,500,000 in profits a month while we are still arguing about it here!”

He said that the European market liked Kratom from Perak, Kedah and Perlis because of its good quality.

Mr. Zahidi said that the Malaysian government could collect large amounts of taxes from Kratom farmers if the industry was regulated and allowed to flourish.

"Some people don't understand and think if commercial Kratom farming is allowed, it would lead to abuse.

"I have said it before: Plantations operated by Risda will be tightly regulated in cooperation with the National Anti-Drugs Agency," he said.

Kratom or Ketum in Malaysia (mitragyna speciosa) has opioid-like effects and is used locally for medicinal purposes.

Commercial cultivation and use of Kratom are banned in Malaysia, although it is technically not illegal to own the plant.

Perlis is known as on of the best-known places in Malaysia for cultivating Kratom for export and medicinal purposes.

 



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