By Sivanisvarry Morhan9 May 2023
Malaysia must embark on smart farming to improve agriculture yields and ensure food security, said Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Agriculture Technology Department head Assoc Prof Dr Siva K. Balasundram. He said this would reduce the RM482.8 billion food import bill that was recorded over the past 10 years, with a significant portion coming from countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, India and… Read more
By Suzie Haryanti Husain24 January 2023
Malaysia's urban population is expanding as a result of rural-urban migration, immigration, the development of new townships and the expansion of municipal boundaries. Urbanisation increases population density and can cause shortages of fresh food, especially fruits and vegetables. Natural calamities such as flooding and landslides, and man-made adversities such as war and pandemics have the… Read more
By Adriana Asmaa’ Mohd Ezanee6 September 2022
The public's attention is drawn to food security due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a serious impact on economic stability, local and global public resources and above all, public health. The World Economic Forum has reported experts' warnings on worsening situations due to the pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. According to the United Nations, nearly nine per cent of the global… Read more
By Suraya Ali4 August 2022
Urban farming on rooftops and car parks began due to necessity and lack of land. But, that is not entirely the case in Malaysia, where even in urban areas, there are pockets of land owned by authorities or developers that are underutilised. “Our government must first allow the use of unutilised land for individuals or community groups to start gardens and farms,” said aquaponics and… Read more
By Dr Hoe-Han Goh15 June 2022
In the 21st century, agriculture has to respond to challenges. With the goal to feed the ever-growing global population sustainably, the next green revolution shifts toward climate-smart farming. Agriculture today needs to sustain ecosystem health and drive restoration by reversing soil degradation and overcoming environmental problems from the intensive use of chemicals in modern agriculture. … Read more
By Mohd Rozaimy Ridzuan18 May 2022
Agriculture and farming are two of the oldest and most essential professions the world over. Humans have relied on agriculture as a primary food source for thousands of years. Today, food security is becoming a concern for the entire world. By 2050, the world population is expected to have grown to an estimated 10 billion. In this regard, our ability to feed the world population could be… Read more
By Adrian David9 February 2022
Terengganu offers great potential for group agriculture and livestock breeding for the B40 group. This is the take from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu's (UMT) Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainable Development sociocultural and heritage programme head Dr Isma Rosila Ismail. Isma Rosila, who is also UMT's Centre for Basic and Continuing Education senior lecturer, said the Terengganu annual… Read more
By Amanda Yeo11 May 2021
As ordinary Malaysians struggle to make ends meet as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of empty shop lots continue to grow all over the capital city of Kuala Lumpur displaying signs that say “available for rent”.  With the growing importance of food self-sufficiency, now is the time for Malaysia to turn empty spaces into urban farms – tackling food security related issues… Read more
By Ameen Kamal14 April 2021
A recent visit to a chilli and rock melon farm in Banting, Selangor – part of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Digital Agtech initiative's pilot project – demonstrated a good example of the combined implementation of 4IR and digital technologies that MDEC has been championing for the nation. In collaboration with the Kuala Langat Area Farmers Organisation (PPK Kuala Langat)… Read more
By DR ADI MD SIKIN8 October 2020
The Asean Economic Recovery Plan is meant to ensure a smooth flow of food supplies among the Asean countries for the post-Covid-19 and because of this and the pandemic, Malaysia needs to re-strategise in order to localise its food supply chain in response to restricted border policies which may take some time to ease. Due to those restrictions for the time being, local producers will not be able… Read more
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