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Lifestyle 16 Mar 2004 | 12:00 AM

Stagnated sector

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.

AseanPlus News 24 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Bird flu making the poor poorer

Asia's bird flu epidemic could make the region's poor even more destitute as it wrecks the livelihoods of small-time poultry farmers, the head of the United Nations' food and agriculture agency warned yesterday.

Letters 23 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Farmers hit by unfair rules

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.

Lifestyle 20 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Award winners

THE world's best examples of sustainable community development initiatives came under the spotlight yesterday and received due recognition with the presentation of the Equator award.

Lifestyle 18 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Stop invasive alien species

DELEGATES to the ongoing biodiversity meet have expressed concern over the spread of invasive alien species (IAS) and have urged for early implementation of proposed guidelines to deal with the problem drafted under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Lifestyle 12 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Genebanks in limbo

THE Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that worldwide, 1,470 genebanks together maintain more than 5.4 million samples of plants of which perhaps two million are distinct non-duplicate samples.

Lifestyle 12 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Financial backing

THE Global Crop Diversity Trust is all set to distribute grants to genebanks in dire need of funding soon, said the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI).

Lifestyle 10 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Maintaining tradition

GOVERNMENTS must take firmer action to prevent the commercial introduction of genetic use restriction technology (GURT),better known as terminator technology,to protect biodiversity and the rights of farmers to maintain traditional farming practices.

Lifestyle 10 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

National policy on biodiversity

Details of the national policy on biodiversity.

Letters 19 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Issues to consider in boosting agro-sector

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.