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Parched fields force Thailand to look beyond rice

NONTHABURI, Thailand: Thailand has long served as one of the globe’s main rice bowls, but chronic water shortages are pushing the country to move away from a grain that dominates its fields and has defined a way of life for generations.

Bigger buffer, please

WE need bigger buffer zones that correspond to the size of gazetted catchments. Activists feel that protecting water catchments is easier to achieve, and more crucial, than gazetting downstream bodies of water.

Mayhem as drought protest in Mindanao turns violent

MANILA: Philippine police opened fire as a protest by thousands of rice farmers who lost their crops turned violent killing at least two and wounding about a dozen, a leader of a farming group said.

Free water in Selangor to continue

DESPITE incurring costs amounting to RM1.1bil for providing 20 cubic metres of free water to households in Selangor, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said the state would continue with the programme.

Philippine rice farmer killed as drought protest turns violent - demo leader

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police opened fire as a protest by thousands of rice farmers who lost their crops turned violent on Friday, killing one and wounding about a dozen, a leader of a farming group said.

JCorp expects to finalise first investment deal in Sri Lanka this year

JOHOR BARU: Johor state-owned conglomerate, Johor Corp (JCorp), is expected to finalise its first investment deal in Sri Lanka later this year.

Malaysian palm oil/Vegoils: Market factors to watch Friday April 1

Kuala Lumpur: The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and other vegetable oil markets on Friday April 1.

JCorp to finalise first investment deal in Sri Lanka this year

JOHOR BARU: Johor state-owned conglomerate, Johor Corp (JCorp), is expected to finalise its first investment deal in Sri Lanka later this year.

Shabery: Chilli project bearing fruit

KUALA LUMPUR: The chilli fertigation project was introduced to help the Indian community and low-income group in Selangor, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said.

Central African Republic's president vows peace, reforms at inauguration

BANGUI (Reuters) - Central African Republic's newly elected president, Faustin-Archange Touadera, said at his inauguration on Wednesday that he would focus on building peace and enacting reforms to end years of violent turmoil in the impoverished, landlocked nation.