As Asian rice demand is projected to increase by 30% in 2010, a sustainable approach of rice production has become important. In order to fulfill the rice demand for the growing population and with the target rice self-sufficiency of 65%, Malaysia has to increase its rice productivity. As the attainment of sustainability in rice farming is country and area specific, Malaysia has devised its own ways to achieve this goal within a prescribed time frame. The major problems faced by the rice sector have been identified and step-by-step solutions are sought through policy changes. Rice estates in Malaysia have already proven that commercial rice production is viable, economical and sustainable. FELCRA Seberang Perak, the first and largest rice estate in Malaysia, has proven the sustainability and viability of commercial rice farming by achieving a continuous cropping intensity of 200%. The keywords to sustainable rice production are doubling yields, estatization and private corporate sector investments. The strategies to be devised must include getting investments to make the present non-lucrative business a profitable venture, whilst balancing the country’s social obligation.
Najim, M.M.M. et al., (2007). Sustainability of rice production: a Malaysian perspective. Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 3(1), pp.1–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v3i1.8138
Najim MMM, Lee TS, Haque MA, Esham M. Sustainability of rice production: a Malaysian perspective. Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 2007;3(1):1–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v3i1.8138
Najim, M. M. M., Lee, T. S., Haque, M. A., & Esham, M. (2007). Sustainability of rice production: a Malaysian perspective. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3(1), 1–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v3i1.8138