PM says: We’ll produce more rice
Malaysia's PM says efforts will be made to increase rice production in the country to meet a possible rice shortage in the future.
PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi stated
“However, if other countries don’t want to sell rice to us, it will have a negative effect on our people.”
I wonder how many percent of the rice consumed in Malaysia is being imported, I hazard a guess it is at least 50%, (in the shops one can see rice imported from Thailand, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Austraia, the USA, Japan, Italy and elsewhere) does anyone know?
Sarawak CM Abdul Taib Mahmud had evidently brought up the issue of the possibility of a future shortage of rice. He also asked for federal government funding and assistance to set up large-scale rice padi estates in
Meanwhile in many parts of Peninsular Malaysia, rice is no longer grown.
Even in the rice bowls of
More such projects are in the pipeline, and these threaten to further reduce rice production, since many acres of paddy fields will be destroyed.
Abdullah is, it seems, just talking the talk, certainly rice self sufficiency is vital for
- It will not always be summer (be prepared for hard times)