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  • Kenaf or scientifically known as Hibiscus cannabinus, is a short-term, fibrous plant that resembles a shrub. Kenaf originates from Africa.
  • The average maturation period for Kenaf tree is between 120 - 150 days.
  • Processed Kenaf sticks produce fiber and core. Both of these elements are used in the production of high quality and environmentally friendly products such as biocomposite, biodegradable utensils (BDU), panels, bedding as well as livestock feed.
  • Kenaf crops were commercially introduced through the National Kenaf and Tobacco Board (LKTN) in 2010 as an alternative crop to tobacco
  • Kenaf industri is actively developed and has became the new source of income for smallholders.

Gambar Kenaf


  • Malaysia is one of the countries participating in the World Health Organization Framework Convention On Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) which requires the implementation of effective measures to protect the public from exposure to tobacco smoke.
  • In 2010, cigarette manufacturers started to import tobacco more from abroad due the implementation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) which makes tobacco prices more competitive and cheaper than the local market. Today, the local market cigarette manufacturing uses 100% imported tobacco.
  • The National Kenaf and Tobacco Board (LKTN) has been tasked to regulate and coordinate activities related to the tobacco industry in Malaysia.

Gambar Tembakau

National Kenaf & Tobacco Board (NKTB)

The National Tobacco Board (LKTN) was established on 8 October 1973 as a Federal Statutory Body pursuant to the National Tobacco Board (Incorporation) Act 1973 [Act 111]. Act 111 seeks to establish the National Tobacco Board to properly repair and carry out the tobacco production industry, and to provide for the Board and industry.

Due to the impact of trade competition on the tobacco industry following the implementation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) in 2010 and Government policies promoting the reduction of tobacco use and compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) Tobacco Control Framework (FCTC), the Government has identified a new growth source to be developed which has the potential to generate income to growers ie kenaf crops.

In this regard, the National Tobacco and Tobacco Board Act 2009 [Act 692] was enacted on 1 April 2010 to provide better allocation for the kenaf industry and the tobacco industry. Implementation of Act 692 has repealed the National Tobacco Board (Incorporation) Act 1973 [Act 111] concurrently with the dissolution of LTN which was replaced by the National Kenaf and Tobacco Board (LKTN). Act 692 seeks to provide better allocation for the kenaf and tobacco industries, dissolve the National Tobacco Board and provide rules for matters incidental thereto.

For more info on LKTN, please go to:


National Kenaf and Tobacco Board,
Kubang Kerian,
16150 Kota Bharu,
Kelantan Darul Naim.

+609-766 8000
+609-766 8071
admin [AT] lktn [DOT] gov [DOT] my


The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) through the National Kenaf and Tobacco Board (LKTN) provides the following industry-related services:




Among the programs held for the kenaf industry through NKTB include:

  • Kenaf Insitu Processed Centre (PPKI) Development 
  • Kenaf Plantation Cluster Development
  • Integrated Kenaf Industrial Park (IKIP)
  • Kenaf Untuk Rakyat (KUR)
  • Skim Pendapatan Rakyat Melalui Kenaf (SPARK)
  • Kenaf House Development using Integrated Building System (IBS)
  • Kenaf Industry Update

Kenaf Program 1

Kenaf Program 2


BI Industry Performance


Map Planted Area

Kenaf Grower Incentives

R&D Fund

Machinery Rental

Tabung Kebajikan Industri Kenaf dan Tembakau (TKIKT)


Garis Panduan

  • Manual dan Asas Penanaman Kenaf
  • Kenaf Grading Standard
  • Peraturan - Peraturan Lembaga Kenaf dan Tembakau Negara (Pelesenan Tembakau dan Keluaran Tembakau) 2011
  • Garis Panduan Permohonan Permit Tembakau LKTN


  • Pemeriksaan dan Kawalselia Pengeluaran Tembakau


  • Latihan Industri
  • Latihan Kemahiran Pekebun Kecil
  • Latihan Asas kepada Kumpulan sasar
  • Konsultasi dan khidmat nasihat industri tembakau

Training Center


1. What is  kenaf?

Kenaf or its scientific name Hibiscus Cannabinus L.   is a non-woody fibrous tree and is a short-term crop. Kenaf belongs to the family of Malvaceae   and is under the genus Hibiscus, which has similarity to the genus of cotton. The plant is also cultivated in China, Myanmar and Indonesia.

2. Who can be contacted to seek advice on Kenaf Industry?

For information and advice on Kenaf Industry, individual/company can contact the National Kenaf and Tobacco Board at 09-7668000

3. What kind of assistance/incentives provided in the Kenaf industry?

In order to promote Kenaf cultivation, MPI through LKTN provide smallholders with RM2,385/hectare kenaf crop incentives for fiber production and RM3,000/hectare for kenaf seed production. Other incentives include agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides, mechanical services, high quality kenaf seed supply and kenaf purchase incentives.

4. What is the subsidiary legislation for the tobacco industry under the supervision of NKTB?

The Tobacco Industry is subjected to the National Kenaf and Tobacco Board Act (Act 692) and the National Kenaf and Tobacco Board Regulations 2011 (Tobacco and Tobacco Products Licensing).

5. FAQ on Kenaf :

6. FAQ on Tobaco :

7. FAQ on Mechanism :

For more information on the Kenaf and Tobacco Industry, please contact:

Ministry of Plantation and Commodities (KPK)

Level 5, KPK Building,
Perdana Boulevard, Preceint 2
62650 W.P Putrajaya
Office No.: 603-88921611    Fax No : 603-8892 1702
Email : ktk [@]