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The rice industry in Malaysia faces many complex issues which need to be tackled if the sector is to take on a higher profile, reports LOH FOON FONG.
The agriculture sector and small farmers in developing countries are being adversely affected by a web of global trade rules that ironically protect big farms in rich countries but pressurise developing countries to open up their markets. A forum in Rome last week heard the views of experts, policy-makers and NGOs on the unfair global regime.
Revitalising Malaysian agriculture has become a priority goal, given the appointment of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Agriculture Minister. There are, however, complex issues involving trade agreements, domestic structural problems and appropriateness of techniques that have to be grappled with.