WHEN the country gained its independence, agriculture, in particular rubber, was one of the twin pillars of the economy. From the 1960s to the 1980s, the agricultural sector, which consisted largely of commercial crops such as rubber, cocoa and oil palm, contributed about 20 per cent of our gross domestic product (GDP), while its share of employment stood at 30 per cent. The availability of vast tracts of arable land, abundant labour, improvements in agricultural infrastructure such… Read more.
TERENGGANU is not the rice bowl of Malaysia, with the state contributing just 3.8 per cent to the country’s production area of nearly 700,000ha. The total land under padi cultivation in Terengganu measures less than 20,000ha, with a production volume of about 17,000 tonnes for local consumption. Although there are plans to open another 24,000ha to enable the state to achieve self-sufficiency, they are not expected to become a reality anytime soon. With the state’s population… Read more.
KUCHING - A team of students and lecturers under Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus’ Biotechnology Club went to SMK St Teresa here recently to share knowledge on future farming techniques. “Future farming is a revolution in the agriculture sector that can provide food security for the ever-growing human population,” said Swinburne Sarawak Research, Consultancy and Future Projects associate director Dr Ng Sing Muk. “It shifts from conventional farming… Read more.
Various parties, including ministers, should not just make statements but actually walk the talk in finding a solution to the way food is distributed to the homeless. KUALA LUMPUR - Food wastage is like a disease for which there is no panacea. Sometimes it flares up, at other times it is manageable. Food wastage is seasonal with it usually turning more pronounced during the fasting month and festivals. Ramadan has just ended, we just celebrated Aidilfitri and we are still in the month of… Read more.
KUCHING - The padi farmers of Long Semadoh in Lawas are adopting the ‘System of Rice Intensification (SRI)’ farming method recommended by an NGO to boost their padi production. Chief executive officer (CEO) of SRI Lovely Sdn Bhd Zakaria Kamantasha, who is a trainer and expert in SRI, said SRI is an agro-ecological methodology for increasing the productivity of irrigated rice by changing the management of plants, soil, water and nutrients. “The benefits of SRI have been… Read more.
AS world population increases, with urbanisation moving in tandem, more people are expected to live in the cities. By 2025, it is estimated that 60 to 85 per cent of the world’s population will be considered as city dwellers. In Malaysia, it is predicted that the urban population will increase to 75 per cent in three years. Rapid urbanisation is pulling poverty and food insecurity into cities, given the fact that urban dwellers are actually net food buyers and depend largely on cash… Read more.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Global Food Security Index 2016 has revealed that Malaysia is ahead of other Asean nations in terms of food security, placing 35th out of 113 countries worldwide. Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said that countries which are agriculturally advanced, such as Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, rank lower than Malaysia in the report. Ahmad Shabery (BN-Kemaman) said this is because Malaysia is capable of producing its own food and… Read more.