"Welcome to Sabah Land Development Board..."
SLDB or Lembaga Kemajaun Tanah Negeri Sabah, was given the key role of formulating and carrying out projects for land development and settlements in the State of Sabah upon its incorporation on January 1, 1969.
At its peak of operations, SLDB had established and managed some 90,000 hectares of commercial oil palm plantations and eight palm oil mill State wide.
However, in 1996, the State Government corporatized all SLDB’s commercial operations. This was taken over by Sawit Kinabalu Berhad Group. SLDB was left with overseeing the settlement schemes and one small commercial estate, totalling some 15,000 hectares of plantations. SLDB’s projects are scattered over the east coast, and focused in the interior of Sabah.
Over the last three years, SLDB has repositioned itself as a catalyst of change. It is spearheading land development to add value to the dwindling land available for food cultivation, and at the same time, assist in government poverty-alleviation programmes. Apart from business opportunities and a broader earning base, SLDB projects help bring development to the rural areas and enhance the socio economic status of the villagers, to give them a better quality of life.
SLDB is currently developing 5,182 hectares of land in the interior and a further 5,000 hectares in 2011. A second palm oil mill is to be constructed at Pandewan, Nabawan, before the end of the year.
Despite SLDB’s diversification programme, oil palm will continue to be its core business.