In the early 1970s’, KEDAH STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (KSDC) embarked on its maiden foray into the plantation business, taking on a major milestone in the plantation industry. Assisted by the economic and socio strength and the stability of the Kedah state Government, KSDC has managed to develop two pieces of land, situated in Kubang Pasu District and Kuala Muda District, namely Ladang Laka Temin and Ladang Perbadanan Kedah respectively. Ladang Laka Temin is used for rubber cultivation whereas Ladang Perbadanan Kedah for oil palm.
In 1982, KSDC further developed some 5,000 hectares of plantation land in Pendang, Kedah namely Ladang Bukit Perak which was planted with rubber and eventually in 1992 a rubber processing factory was set up, thus completing the business plan for a rubber business entity for KSDC.
Between 1972 and 1996, another 5,730 hectares were acquired. With all these lands fully cultivated, KSDC, with its long term vision to expand its plantation interest, continues to expand its land bank. Ladang Sungai Ular near Kulim, Kedah.
In 1988, Kumpulan Ladang-Ladang Perbadanan Kedah Sdn Bhd (KLPK) was incorporated to assume the responsibility as the estate managing agent for KSDC, and the management team from the company has assumed the task to develop the company with the cooperation of HMPB together with the hiring of some of HMPB’s employees as the backbone of the company.
In order to strengthen its position, KLPK has entered into downstream processing activities of its primary products which also serve as an extension to the plantation interest. Kilang Hevea Bukit Perak was later set up to process the KSDC’s group estate field latex and lower grade rubber into semi finished raw materials for local and overseas rubber based manufacturing companies.
While plantation business remains the core activity, KLPK has since ventured into fertilizer production with the objectives to unlock the potential of its strategically located land bank and to reduce its dependence on single source income.
Until now, KLPK are managing 13 estates together with all their downstream activities such as produce of agricultural support product and overtakes run all over Kedah state.