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A SPECIAL kind of bank in Manila is keeping rice bowls full in Asia, writes P. PARAMESWARAN.
The Government has set up a Business Development Centre to facilitate investments in technology-related areas and spur growth in the fisheries sector, said Agriculture Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Effendi Norwawi.
THE last swathe of pristine forest in Kedah may soon succumb to helicopter logging if a project to harvest timber in the state gets under way. While the immediate economic gains may seem attractive, the environmental cost may just be too much. The Ulu Muda forest reserve which was earmarked for Phase One of the project, is not only rich in flora and fauna, but also serves as a vital water catchment area, providing water for the states of Penang, Perlis and Kedah. TAN CHENG LI reports.
The Raja Musa and Sg Karang peat swamp forest reserves in northern Selangor provide a reservoir of water that is critical to the success of the Tanjung Karang rice cultivation scheme. But ill-conceived development at the fringes of the reserves threatens not just the peatlands, but food security too, for Tanjung Karang is one of the country's rice bowls.
The treaty on international trade in genetically modified organisms will come into force in September.