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Business 25 Jun 2007 | 12:00 AM

Economic reforms for paddy sub-sector

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.

World 04 Jun 2007 | 12:00 AM

Indonesia world's No.3 greenhouse gas emitter - report

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.

World 29 May 2007 | 12:00 AM

NEWSMAKER - Unheralded Yar'Adua to lead Nigeria

ABUJA (Reuters) - Six months ago, few Nigerians knew the name of Umaru Yar'Adua and even fewer could have predicted he would be their next president.

Lifestyle 15 May 2007 | 12:00 AM

Food-fuel feud

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.

Lifestyle 15 May 2007 | 12:00 AM

Logical alternative

The solution to the food or fuel debate is simple - make fuel from non-food crops.

Nation 25 Apr 2007 | 12:00 AM

NZ wants beef import ban lifted

New Zealand has asked Malaysia to lift the two-year import ban on its beef, which was imposed when the meat was deemed not I>halal/I>.

Lifestyle 24 Apr 2007 | 12:00 AM

Shrinking choices

Farmers have, over thousands of years, cultivated some 140,000 rice varieties but today, only a handful of hybrid breeds are planted.

Business 24 Apr 2007 | 12:00 AM

Kiwis ask Malaysia to lift ban on beef imports from New Zealand

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.

AseanPlus News 29 Mar 2007 | 12:00 AM

Move to cut acid-rain toxins by 66%

ACID rain-causing pollution from power stations could be cut by nearly two-thirds over the next five years, as the government promises intensified efforts to meet environmental goals that have so far been missed.

Education 04 Mar 2007 | 12:00 AM

Hearts touched

It was a song about the tears of trees but it brought tears to the eyes of the listeners instead.