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Sustainability of rice production: a Malaysian perspective


M. M. M. Najim ,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya
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T. S. Lee,

University Putra Malaysia, MY
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Faculty of Engineering, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang 43400, Selangor
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M. A. Haque,

Ministry of Water Resource, BD
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Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) Ministry of Water Resource, House No. 130, Road No. 1, Banani, Dhaka- 1213
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M. Esham

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya
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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.
How to Cite: Najim, M.M.M., Lee, T.S., Haque, M.A. and Esham, M., 2007. Sustainability of rice production: a Malaysian perspective. Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka, 3(1), pp.1–12. DOI:
Published on 05 Jan 2007.
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