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Malaysia is an inefficient producer of rice. This was systematically recorded as early as 1988 in a World Bank study. Producer price was twice higher than imported rice. The study estimated that 74% of the paddy producer's monthly income came from income support measures.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is among the world's top three greenhouse gas emitters because of deforestation, peatland degradation and forest fires, a World Bank and British government climate change report released on Monday showed.
With vegetable oils finding a new use as car fuel, we may end up facing a food shortage or paying more for food. Soaring demand for corn, sugar cane, rapeseed and palm oil to make biofuels has driven up prices of these crops, and that of food made from them.
The solution to the food or fuel debate is simple - make fuel from non-food crops.
Farmers have, over thousands of years, cultivated some 140,000 rice varieties but today, only a handful of hybrid breeds are planted.
New Zealand has asked Malaysia to lift the two-year import ban on its beef, which was imposed when the meat was deemed not halal.