Mohamad Sabu urges padi industry to brace for hotter weather next year

Photo: Bernama

PENDANG: Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu has urged the Malaysian rice industry to brace for hotter weather conditions forecasted for next year.

He highlighted the current negative impact of the ongoing heat phenomenon on rice production, leading to reduced yields.

Attributing the intense heat to the El Nino weather phenomenon, the minister emphasised the need for proactive measures in anticipation of extreme weather conditions.

"The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) could conduct studies on crop schedules and other measures (to address the conditions),” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the Smart Large-Scale Padi Field Harvesting programme (Smart SBB) in Sekinchan, organised by the Young Farmers' Agricultural Development Authority (Mada) in Kampung Gulau, here Sunday (March 3).

According to him, this year's padi yield is expected to be around 62 percent, with the prolonged hot weather over the past three years affecting production adversely.

Mohamad further stated that efforts would continue to ensure padi production across the country reaches a level of 10 tonnes per hectare, similar to the achievements in Sekinchan, Selangor, and Kampung Lat Seribu in Perlis.

Plans are also underway to open new padi cultivation areas in Johor, Negri Sembilan, Sabah, and Sarawak, he added.

He informed that the government will announce the decision on the local white rice prices on March 20, following discussions with farmers and stakeholders in the rice industry last Thursday.

Mohamad mentioned that the government aims to ensure satisfaction among all parties, including consumers, manufacturers, and farmers during the upcoming National Action Council for Cost of Living (Naccol) meeting.

Today’s event was attended by Mada chairman, Datuk Dr Ismail Salleh, Mardi chairman, Dr Azman Ismail, and the Farmers' Organisation Authority chairman, Datuk Mahfuz Omar. - Bernama

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

padi , hotter weather , brace , yield , Mohamad Sabu , rice , MADA , NACCOL , MARDI


Next In Nation

Penang to continue drawing water from Sungai Muda despite levels reported to be low
Chegubard, Mohamad Salim arrive at MCMC HQ to have statements taken
Dr Wee questions DAP's logic over sliding ringgit
Death sentence for murderer 'Boy Tiger' commuted to 35 years' jail
PJD Link project discontinued because developer failed to meet conditions, says Fahmi
MMEA arrests boat captain off Tawau for ferrying controlled goods illegally
Structural modifications made to cave at cultural village, says Perak MB
Royal addendum for Najib's house arrest is real, says Zahid
KWAP's RM1.8bil sent abroad without due diligence, says witness
Body of Lahad Datu OCPD's teen daughter discovered by elder sister, says IGP

Others Also Read