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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.
WHAT do you plant on land that receives lotsof sun for the first half of the year but toomuch rain for the second half? While farmerscan harvest from any crop they plant in theearlier part of the year, it is almost impossible to plant anything in the second half without the monsoon destroying the crop.
China, the pioneer in hybrid rice technology, boasts high yield rice production and is eager to share its technology with Malaysia. However, many issues need to be ironed out before hybrid rice can be introduced here. LOH FOON FONG reports.
Launched in 1991, the Maulidur Rasul award honours the good work of the unsung heroes - people whose contributions may not make the headlines, but are significant in improving lives.