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PM: Malaysia’s agriculture industry should switch to intensive farming, multi-cropping
Published: December 4, 2016 09:46 PM GMT+8


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (4th right) with Fama chairman Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin and Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek at the biggest corn ‘bingka’ (cake) exhibition in Serdang December 4, 2016. — Bernama pic

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SERDANG, Dec 4 — Malaysia’s agriculture industry must switch to intensive farming which uses advanced technology and multi-cropping to assure food security, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The Prime Minister said switching from conventional farming to high technology farming was badly needed to meet food supply needs in line with the increase in the country’s population which was expected to exceed 50 million people in 2050.

“The value of food imports now stands at RM18 billion and the amount will increase from year to year. As such, food production must be increased to assure self-sufficiency for the coming generations,” he said.

Najib said this when opening the Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism (Maha) Exposition 2016, which entered its fourth day today, at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) here.

Also present were Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) chairman Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin.

Najib said as the long-term approach, the intensive farming should be explored and championed by the younger generation so that the agricultural industry could move forward in line with the development and the increasing number of the Malaysian population in the country.

He said Maha was now viewed not only as a domestic tourism product for those involved in the agricultural sector, but more importantly, it involved the entire chain of food supply in the country, such as the wholesalers as well as hypermarket and supermarket operators.

The prime minister said apart from its focus on the industry, Maha had also become an educational platform for the young children on agriculture sector and the diversity of crops and national food which was deemed as a very important element to create awareness on the importance of the industry.

“Maha is a symbol or a manifestation of the government’s commitment in upholding the sector, thus ensuring the continuity of food supply in the country.

“Therefore, the younger generation must get involved in the modern agricultural industry as it is not only meant for the older people,” said Najib, adding that Maha had attracted 700,000 visitors since it opened its door on December 1.

Najib arrived at the Maha’s main hall lobby at 4.20pm before taking a tram with Ahmad Shabery to tour the exhibition sites.

Najib also visited the fruits section operated by Fama, known as ‘Castle of Fruits’, which housed various orchids, saplings, fertilisers, flowers and fruits.

He was also introduced with the soursop, which is the theme fruit at Maha 2016 and paid a visit at the corn stalls, where three million corns would be sold by the cobs during the 11-day event.

In addition, the prime minister also spent time at the biggest ‘bingka’ (cake) exhibition made of 1,400 corn on 120 trays, which also made into the Malaysia Book of Records.

According to Fama, the proceeds from the selling of the ‘bingka’ at RM30 per tray would be channelled to the Rohingya relief fund.

Najib also stopped at Nafas [email protected] — a contemporary accommodation that combined containers, culverts and tents — before ending his visit by attending the ‘Rhythm Of The Farmers’ concert at D’Lereng, a special corner set up for stage performance by local artistes. — Bernama
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Minister: Urban farming to be introduced in People’s Housing Programme areas next year
Published: December 5, 2016 07:10 PM GMT+8


Tan Sri Noh Omar said urban farming will be introduced to People’s Housing Programme (PPR) areas to promote agricultural activities among residents. ― Picture by Choo Choy May


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SERDANG, Dec 5 — Next year, urban farming will be introduced in People’s Housing Programme (PPR) areas to promote agricultural activities among residents, especially those living on strata properties, says Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.

He said Lembah Subang Satu PPR had been selected for the urban farming pilot project which was aimed at transforming the lives of PPR residents through residential farming.

“If one PPR area has 300 houses, just imagine the outcome if each house unit growing three chilli plants.

“Even if these urban farmers do not sell their home-grown chillies, they can always plant them for their own consumption,” he told reporters after launching the EzGrow technology at Laman Sayur, Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism International Show 2016 (Maha 2016) here today.

On the EzGrow technology development, he said the technology allowed germination and seedlings to grow in a cube without requiring any pot.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, who was also present at the ceremony said the ministry would discuss with Noh’s ministry on having an urban farming competition among Klang Valley parliamentary constituencies next year.

“Before this, urban farming competitions were only held among several areas in Kuala Lumpur, but for next year, we propose to extend it further at the parliamentary constituency level,” he said. — Bernama
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Doctoral Student Examining Feasibility of Malaysia's Rice Self-Sufficiency Policy
Nov. 16, 2016


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Malaysian government officials have set a goal of achieving 100 percent self-sufficiency in rice production by 2020, due to food security concerns. Agricultural policy doctoral candidate and Malaysia native Roslina Ali is digging deeper into the country's holistic rice policy development strategies to determine the feasibility of the government's bold objective.

Malaysia's self-sufficiency goal largely stems from the 2008 world food crisis. During the crisis, many of the key countries Malaysia imported from restricted rice exports. This left Malaysia unable to provide sufficient quantities of rice for its citizens. As a result, Malaysian government officials declared in 2010 a goal of becoming completely self-sufficient by 2015. In 2015, the target deadline was extended to 2020.

Malaysia currently produces an average of 60 percent of the rice its growing population consumes. Ali's research suggests the idea of increasing production by 40 percent by 2020 is overly aggressive and unlikely to be successful. According to Ali, one of the biggest impediments to Malaysia achieving total self-sufficiency is rooted in economics.

"Rice farmers in Malaysia have received substantial government subsidies," she said. "An increased demanded for rice production has augmented government costs and expenditures, making it more economical to import rice than to grow it locally."

Furthermore, rice farming in Malaysia is historically a small-scale production with unattractive returns for farmers. Farming practices are antiquated, and technology available in the Asian nation is limited compared to countries with larger rice production.

Rather than pursue complete self-sufficiency, Ali is exploring the viability of Malaysia scaling down rice production and redirecting its agricultural focus.

"I am trying to determine if it would be more beneficial, both economically and socially, for the government to reallocate resources, including rice subsidies, to other crops or commodities with a more competitive, comparative and sustainable advantage," she said.

Ali said it has been challenging to get data and literature from Malaysian governmental agencies, as limited studies have been conducted in the topics she is researching. However, she said she finds a wealth of support from her adviser Eric Wailes.

"I am so blessed because my adviser is a rice expert, and he is highly involved in rice research globally," she said. "He gives me so much encouragement and always has great suggestions that help guide me in the right direction."

Ali's enrollment at the University of Arkansas is sponsored by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute. She is on track to complete her doctoral degree in summer 2017 and plans to pursue a career at the Institute upon her graduation.

"This research is a crucial contribution to the Malaysian government, driving a way forward through policy sequencing strategies for the Malaysian rice sector and agricultural economics" she said. "It is such a pleasure to be involved in it, and I really hope to contribute more to my government, especially in research and policy areas."
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Piawaian khas lindungi madu kelulut
07 Disember 2016 1:21 AM



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KUALA LUMPUR 6 Dis. - Institut Penyelidikan dan Kemajuan Pertanian Malaysia (MARDI) kini sedang merangka piawaian khusus bagi memastikan madu kelulut mencapai tahap standard pengkomersialan yang ditetapkan oleh badan antarabangsa.

Timbalan Pengarah MARDI, Dr. Ahmad Safuan Bujang, langkah itu penting bagi mengesan produk tiruan di pasaran sekali gus meningkatkan penghasilannya sehingga 240 kilogram dalam tempoh lima tahun akan datang.

“Meskipun terdapat Akta Makanan 1983 dan Peraturan Makanan 1985, maklumat mengenai khasiat madu kelulut sangat kurang kerana akta tersebut lebih menjurus kepada madu lebah biasa.

“Justeru, hasil kajian yang dijalankan akan digunakan untuk menetapkan piawaian madu kelulut negara sekali gus boleh mengatasi kepincangan yang terdapat dalam industri ketika ini,” katanya.

Tambahnya lagi, piawaian yang akan dikeluarkan dalam masa terdekat itu turut mendapat bantuan kepakaran dari Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Institut Genome Malaysia, Jabatan Standard Malaysia, SIRIM Bhd. (SIRIM), Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia dan Kementerian Kesihatan.

Menerusinya standard berkenaan, kandungan madu kelulut seperti jumlah air akan ditetapkan pada kadar tertentu bagi menghasilkan produk yang bermutu tinggi.

Timbalan Pengarah Program Perekaan Makanan, Pusat Penyelidikan Sains Teknologi Makanan MARDI, Dr. Suri Roowi berkata, madu kelulut kini mendapat permintaan yang sangat tinggi.

“Ini kerana madu yang dihasilkan serangga tidak bersengat itu dikenal pasti mempunyai nilai kesihatan yang tinggi.

“Selain kaya dengan nutrien dan asid fenolik, sifat anti oksidan yang tinggi dimiliki madu kelulut terbukti berupaya melawan sel kanser,” katanya.

Malah, kajian oleh MARDI menunjukkan madu kelulut mengandungi pelbagai jenis asid fenolik yang berguna untuk kesihatan tubuh manusia.

“Sebagai contoh, asid p-coumaric mengandungi bahan antioksidan yang tinggi dan dipercayai mampu mengurangkan risiko kanser perut dengan me*ngurangkan pembentukan bahan nitrosamine.

“Asid fenilpropionik iaitu sejenis bahan utama madu kelulut juga dikatakan mampu mengurangkan enzim cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) yang menyebabkan pembentukan radang semasa perkembangan kanser usus besar,” katanya.

Tambahnya, bahan-bahan tersebut juga berkesan dalam menurunkan tahap kolestrol dalam plasma darah, hati serta berupaya mengurangkan trigliserida dalam darah.

“Selain Asia Tenggara, madu kelulut turut menjadi diet harian penduduk Australia dan Afrika. Lazimnya, ia dimakan secara terus atau dicampur bersama air dan dijadikan minuman harian.

“Madu kelulut dianggap makanan hebat atau superfood selepas kajian saintifik membuktikkan ia mempunyai pelbagai khasiat seperti menurunkan kadar kolestrol dalam darah dan boleh mengurangkan risiko kanser,” katanya.
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Three pronged agriculture thrust
December 8, 2016, Thursday
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Adenan (right) having a look at the poultry on exhibition at the MAHA 2016 exposition yesterday.

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KUCHING: Sarawak is looking into three sectors of agriculture – cattle rearing, pineapple cultivation and swiftlet farming – to further boost the income of local farmers, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He added that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem had been briefed on the matter during their visit to Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism (Maha) 2016 exposition that is being held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park in Serdang (MAEPS) Selangor, yesterday.

“We want to focus on these three sectors, especially in cattle rearing so that we can be more self-sufficient as at the moment we are able to meet only 10 per cent of local demand for beef.

“For this purpose, we will engage the veterinary department to assist us to produce more artificial inseminations so that we can produce bigger cattle for their meat. Our main target is to reduce imported beef and be more self-sufficient in the long run,” Uggah told The Borneo Post here yesterday.

As for pineapple cultivation, Uggah, who is also the Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Economy, disclosed that Sarawak planned to become the biggest producer of the fruit in the country in the near future as it had plenty of suitable land to cultivate the crop, especially in Samarahan, Sarikei and Bintangor.

“Currently, Johor is the largest producer of pineapples but they have limited land so we will focus on expanding the acreage so that we can be the main producer in the near future. Once we have the quantity, we can go downstream such as processing them into juice and tarts and even can them for both local market and for export,” said Uggah.

On swiftlet farming, he hoped that the farmers involved in the industry will be able to meet the standard of the China market as it is huge.

“Under our current budget, we have set aside RM2 million for 100 poor farmers to venture into this lucrative market and we hope that it would be able to assist them to succeed,” he stressed.

Uggah was accompanying the Chief Minister to MAEPS Selangor yesterday, during which they made time to visit the Sarawak booth.

Maha is a leading agricultural show in the country to actively promote agriculture and agro-based industries, showcasing all the different components of the fast-growing agricultural industries. The biennial event takes place together with The Farmers, Livestock Producers and Fishermen’s Day (HPPNK).

Meanwhile, it was reported that the Maha 2016 exhibition had recorded 1.5 million visitors over a period of five days.

According to news report, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the highest number of visitors was recorded last Sunday at 560,000.

Maha 2016 themed ‘Our Food, Our Future’, which was officially opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Saturday, is expected to draw three million visitors during the duration of the show from Dec 1 to 11.

During the visit, the Chief Minister was accompanied by his wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, Uggah’s wife Datin Amar Doreen Mayang, Deputy Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based industries Datuk Anthony Nogeh Gumbek, Deputy Federal Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Datuk Henry Sum Agong and Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Development permanent secretary Datu Ngenang Janggu.
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Agrobank peruntuk RM50 juta galakkan penanaman padi
08 Disember 2016 2:04 AM



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KUALA LUMPUR 7 Dis. – Agro*bank memperuntukkan seba*nyak RM50 juta bagi membiayai aktiviti penanaman padi peserta Program Rakan Ladang (PRL) Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) bagi tempoh tiga tahun bermula awal tahun ini.

Presiden merangkap Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Agrobank, Datuk Wan Mohd. Fadzmi Wan Othman berkata, dana yang diperuntukkan itu melibatkan kawasan penanaman padi seluas 20,000, hektar di seluruh negara.

Beliau berkata, dana itu diha*rap menjadi pemangkin usaha menggalakkan lagi aktiviti penanaman padi tempatan dan sete*rusnya me*rangsang usaha para pesawah untuk meningkatkan hasil pengeluaran masing-masing.

“Inisiatif yang dirintis ini adalah usaha berterusan Agrobank dalam menawarkan pembiayaan dengan kadar faedah yang kompetitif.

“Selain menggalakkan industri penanaman dan pengeluaran hasil padi negara, kita amat berharap usaha ini mampu melestarikan pendapatan serta taraf hidup para pesawah yang merupakan pen*duduk luar ban*dar,” katanya se*lepas majlis menandatangani perjanjian Rakan Niaga Strategik antara Ag*robank dan Bernas pada Pameran Pertanian, Hortikultur dan Agropelanco*ngan (MAHA) 2016 di Serdang, dekat sini hari ini.

Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek menyaksikan majlis menandatangani perjanjian itu.

Sementara itu, Bernas diwakili oleh Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Md. Kassim Lasim.
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Agro World mahu eksport 100 tan daging kambing
13 Disember 2016 12:20 AM


Abd. Majid Zainal Abidin dan Siti Nur Cahaya Ramlan pada majlis pelancaran produk daging kambing sejuk beku keluaran syarikat Agro World Channel Sdn. Bhd. di Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.

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KUALA LUMPUR 12 Dis. – Syarikat berasaskan agro pertanian, Agro World Channel Sdn. Bhd. (Agro World) mahu mengeksport lebih 100 tan daging kambing dianggarkan bernilai RM6 juta khususnya ke China, pada tahun depan.

Pengerusi Eksekutifnya, Datuk Seri Abd. Majid Zainal Abidin berkata, daging kambing mendapat permintaan yang baik di luar negara seperti China yang telah menempah sebanyak 50 tan dianggarkan bernilai RM3 juta.

Beliau berkata, permintaan dijangka boleh mencapai sehingga 500 tan pada tahun depan dan pihaknya sedang mencari lebih banyak tanah untuk dimajukan sebagai ladang ternakan kambing bagi memenuhi permintaan pasaran yang sangat menggalakkan.

“Buat masa ini, kami mengusahakan tanah seluas 100 ekar di Pekan, Pahang dan 50 ekar lagi di Bagan Datoh, Perak untuk dijadikan pusat penyembelihan dan pembungkusan bagi memenuhi pasaran tempatan dan luar negara,” katanya di sini.

Agro World baru-baru ini telah melancarkan produk daging kambing sejuk beku untuk pasaran domestik dan eksport, selain mengadakan perjanjian persefahaman (MoU) dengan Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK) Raub, Pahang bagi meningkatkan pengeluaran.

Majlis tersebut turut dihadiri Pengerusi Konsortium Koperasi Wanita Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr. Siti Zaharah Sulaiman; Pengarah Eksekutif Agro World, Datin Seri Siti Nur Cahaya Ramlan; Pengerusi PPK Raub, Zulkifli Mohd. Yusuf dan Ketua Eksekutifnya, Mohd. Shafik Mohd. Taufik.

Abd. Majid berkata, syarikatnya mengambil pendekatan bekerjasama dengan PPK dan penternak persendirian bagi membangunkan rumah sembelihan serta kilang pemprosesan daging berteknologi tinggi berhampiran ladang untuk mengekalkan kualiti dan kesegaran daging kambing yang dihasilkan.

“Penternak akan diberi bantuan membaik pulih dan menaik taraf kawasan penternakan di samping bantuan baka. Hasil ternakan akan dibeli semula oleh Agro World untuk penyelesaian masalah pasaran.” katanya.

Menurut Abd. Majid, selain ternakan, Agro World ketika ini menjalankan aktiviti tanaman buah naga di Ulu Tiram, Johor Bahru seluas 2,000 ekar dan menyasarkan penanaman 10,000 ekar pada tahun 2022 dengan nilai jualan sebanyak RM150 juta sebulan.

“Sejak tiga tahun lalu, hasil dalam bentuk minuman kesihatan di eksport ke Taiwan. Pada tahun depan, syarikat akan menaik taraf kilang di Kulim High-Tech Park untuk mengeluarkan hasil buah naga dalam bentuk kapsul sebagai makanan tambahan dan bahan asas kosmetik. Syarikat menjalankan penyelidikan bersama Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM),” ujarnya.
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Malaysia looks set to become largest producer of Guarana
December 13, 2016, Tuesday


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ALOR SETAR: Malaysia looks set to become the largest producer of Guarana in Asia.

This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Rubber Industries Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) and Ritz Guarana Plantation Holdings Bhd yesterday.

Guarana is a crop often used to produce health, beauty and energy drink products.

Representing Risda at the signing ceremony was a member of the authority, Senator Shahanim Mohamad Yusoff, and Ritz Guarana by its Managing Director, Datuk Ibrahim Yahya.

Shahanim said after the ceremony that in the initial stage, between 30,000 to 40,000 smallholders in Kedah, Penang and Perlis, would cultivate the crop on an area of about 4,000 hectares.

The smallholders will begin commercial cultivation next month with Risda providing them seeds procured by Ritz Guarana from Brazil.

“They will be assisted with advice and direction on the guarana cultivation by Risda with the yield being resold to it at a price of RM200 per kilogramme.

“For a start, we will plant the crop at Baling, Kulim and Durian Burung in Kedah, Sungai Batu Pahat in Perlis and Tasek Gelugor, Penang.

“Our hope is that the smallholders can enhance their income at a time of uncertain rubber prices and take the guarana cultivation seriously due to the high demand from Taiwan, South Korea and Japan,” he added.

According to Shahanim, guarana is easy to cultivate and each smallholder needs a starting capital of just between RM50,000 to RM60,000 for a round of cultivation, to reap returns of RM240,000 to RM250,000 for 0.40 hectare (one acre).

He said Risda would continue to cooperate with Ritz Guarana to ensure that the interest of smallholders is taken care of.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim said his company would make guarana a key export item for Malaysia, alongside other commodities.

The demand for guarana seeds is very encouraging at present.

“Our research shows that Malaysia is very suited for guarana cultivation and we hope the Risda smallholders will take advantage of this, as we are also ready to process the crop at our plant in Penang.

“We will continue to work with Risda to ensure the expansion of guarana cultivation and for it to be exported globally,” Ibrahim added.

Brazil is the largest producer of guarana in the world at present. — Bernama
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1.4 juta tan metrik akuakultur menjelang 2020 - Tajuddin
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KUALA LUMPUR 14 Dis. - Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani menyasarkan pengeluaran hasil ternakan akuakultur, termasuk udang, dapat ditingkatkan kepada 1.443 juta tan metrik menjelang 2020.

Timbalan Menterinya, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman berkata, pengeluaran semasa bagi industri itu sebanyak 506,000 tan metrik atau hanya 29 peratus daripada 1.98 juta metrik tan jumlah keseluruhan tangkapan ikan setahun.

"Jumlah itu tidak begitu baik untuk kestabilan pengeluaran ikan, jadi kementerian menstruktur semula nisbah tangkapan ikan laut dan akuakultur kepada 50:50, 1.577 juta metrik tan ikan tangkapan laut dan 1.443 juta penternakan akuakultur," katanya pada persidangan Dewan Negara hari ini.
Beliau menjawab soalan Senator Dr. Zaiedi Suhaili yang bertanyakan sumbangan industri akuakultur kepada tambahan pengeluaran ikan negara.

Dalam pada itu, Tajuddin berkata, sebanyak satu juta benih ikan berkualiti telah disalurkan secara percuma kepada 790 penternak ikan akuakultur yang dilanda banjir, bagi membantu meningkatkan pengeluaran ikan.

Sejumlah 169 penternak lagi menerima bantuan di bawah Sistem Penyampaian Khidmat Sokongan Akuakultur 2016 dalam bentuk kemudahan peralatan. - BERNAMA
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Forget Korea, the sweetest strawberries are now grown in Malaysia with help from Japan
BLLNR | Mei Anne Foo | Thursday, Dec 15, 2016


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Chitose, in Japanese, means 1,000 years. So through the millennia, the Chitose Agriculture Initiative (CAI) wants to improve and promote sustainable agriculture in Southeast Asia.

Founder Tomohiro Fujita decided to launch the Singapore-based biotechnology establishment after noticing that while the region flourishes economically, we aren't yet matured in producing food in an ecological way.

Thus, CAI partners with more than 50 artisan farms in Japan and Malaysia to evaluate different agricultural conditions while also educating and enlisting the help of local workers.

You can now forget about consuming sour strawberries from Cameron Highlands ever again. The expert agronomists at CAI have virtually perfected the use of its cutting-edge Japanese nous to produce some of the juiciest strawberries through re-cultivating the land in the popular Malaysian mountain ranges. These consistent harvests are now distributed across our sunny shores - from fine restaurants to the doorsteps of homes.

"We connected over a strawberry," said head chef Jerome of Nude Seafood, one of the suppliers of Chitose's premium strawberries, which are sold in a pack of about 200g. During a recent menu collaboration between CAI and the restaurant located at Marina Bay Financial Centre, dishes were presented that truly highlighted the high-quality Asian produce on a plate.

But if you want to get your hands on these year-round fresh strawberries without leaving the comfort of your abode, place an order online. The handpicked goodness can be delivered within 48 hours from harvest. Besides strawberries, plump cherry tomatoes cultivated by CAI from Cameron Highlands are also on sale while other seasonal ingredients air-flown from Japan, such as Bochan Kaocha pumpkin from Hokkaido and cauliflower from Aomori, are available in an omakase-style box.

In line with sharing the diverse cultural and technological perspectives from both sides of production and consumption, CAI includes a magazine in its omakase box to help consumers get to know more about the produce, be updated with the efforts that the company is undertaking, and be acquainted with the community of artisan farmers through their personal stories.
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Sandakan: A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) has been signed between a China based company and a local firm to put up 1,000 swiftlet houses by the end of next year.

The agreement on the Swiftlet Farming House Phase 1 Construction Project was reached between Charn So Bird Nest Bhd (CSBN) a China based company in Petaling Jaya, Selangor and United Universal Resources Sdn Bhd (UUR) a local company here on Wednesday.

The MoA signing was witnessed by Sandakan Umno Wanita Chief Noraini Sulong.

UUR Board of Directors Datu Mohd Faisal Datu Bachtiyal (Chairman) and Woo Guan Fei (Managing Director), welcomed their partner – CSBN – in planning to implement the massive development project of 1,000 swiftlet houses in Sandakan.

The proposed land for the project, which comprises more than 1,000 acres is located strategically at Beluran.
The said land comes under Sabah Zheng He Swiftlet City Ltd. Cooperative Establishment (Koperasi Bandar Wilayah Zheng He Sabah Berhad), wholly owned by UUR.

The UUR also proudly expressed their gratitude to CSBN in carrying out the venture that coincides with the company's mission in line with the national agenda on the Eligible Bird's Nest Industry.
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SUBANG JAYA: The rubber industry still has potential to move forward leveraging on science and technology innovation, says Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

He said the industry will continue to be an important sector in the country due to its growth potential as well as being an income source for some 440,000 rubber smallholders.

“As such, the government will ensure that the price of the commodity will continue to be high by creating more value added products to boost the demand for and usage of rubber,” he told reporters at the launch of the Green Rubber Sound Insulator yesterday.

The Malaysian Rubber Board will continue to explore new technologies to ensure continued demand for rubber and capitalise on green inventions as a potential export generator to lift the Malaysian economy, he said.

On next year’s outlook, Mah said rubber exports will continue to be strong especially for rubber products, adding with the new rubber technologies, the outlook for the industry would be positive.

Malaysia exported about RM18 billion worth of rubber products last year, with the value as of October this year at RM14.87 billion, he added. — Bernama
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December 17, 2016, Saturday


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KOTA KINABALU: Two new nurseries will be built next year to facilitate the growth of oyster mushroom and vegetation cultivated through tissue culture techniques, by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) in collaboration with the Agro-Biotechnology Institute, Malaysia (ABI).

Its minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, said that the facilities, which are set to be built in Tuaran and Papar, will begin construction by February next year so that it may serve as a hub for entrepreneurs to receive training in tissue culture.

The tissue culture nursery in Tuaran and the oyster mushroom nursery in Papar, which will be dubbed SMART Mushroom House, will be complete with fertigation systems that will allow entrepreneurs to use the technology and at the same time provide inspiration, particularly for modern agriculture development, said Madius.

He also said that he plans to achieve a more comprehensive approach next year with the help and support of various agencies.

“In the end, what we want are entrepreneurs who are able to run their businesses with assistance in terms of facilities such as marketing from the Rural Development Corporation (KPD), technology from ABI and funding from MOSTI.

“We also want to see how we can work together with other agencies and sources to finance these entrepreneurs to develop their businesses through technology,” said Madius.

He emphasised the need for this comprehensive programme as some entrepreneurs have the technology but lack the funding, which in turn compromises sales.

“Take ginger fertigation as an example. There is a lot of potential to cultivate ginger, but it requires at least RM15,000 for the technology alone while implementation will need another RM20,000 before the product is even marketed, which will incur more costs.

“This is why we need help, and this is where the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) comes in. Only then can we help entrepreneurs and the rakyat as a whole,” said Madius.

Not only is financing a fundamental aspect in ensuring the growth and prosperity of local agricultural efforts, training is important as well.

Madius said that entrepreneurs are readily available, but they require training and oversight to assure correct business practices using the proper technology.

Leading up to the completion of the nurseries, MOSTI in collaboration with ABI-NIBM (National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia), Koperasi Belia Rakyat (KOBERA), Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) and KPD yesterday organised a workshop entitled ‘Transfer of Modern Technology: Tissue Culture Technology and Cultivation of Mushrooms Stimulate the Economy of Sabahans.’

The workshop comprised two parts, ‘Plant Tissue Culture Technology Workshop for Young Entrepreneurs’ and ‘Rural Entrepreneurs Development Workshop in Mushroom Cultivation,’ which were aimed at training young and rural entrepreneurs from Tuaran and Papar, respectively, to produce plant seeds using tissue culture techniques.

In addition, the 200 participants were also exposed to information regarding the preparation of fertigation systems for vegetables, on top of being equipped with comprehensive training in mushroom cultivation.

Madius added that the workshop was also so that ABI can see for itself the potential of the pilot programme.

“What’s important is that the entrepreneurs receive continuous training, and we have to ensure that this unprecedented nursery will produce results.

“We also want to see these entrepreneurs nurture their trade not only with a business mindset, but by incorporating technology into it as well.

“They need to make use of technology to increase productivity, which in turn will contribute to their revenue because marketing is equally important,” he said.

Also present at yesterday’s workshop were ABI executive director Professor Dr Muhamad Zakaria, SEDIA chief executive representative Mary Sintoh, KPD general manager Datuk Basrun Datu Mansor and KOBERA chairman, Daukim Gilu.
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MINSK, 20 December (BelTA) – Malaysia is considering buying vehicles from the Belarusian company Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ) for the sake of working rice fields.

The possibility was discussed during the meeting of MTZ executives and a Malaysian delegation led by Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Malaysian parliament Pandikar Amin Mulia on 20 December, BelTA has learned.

The Speaker was interested in which countries buy such MTZ vehicles. MTZ Acting Director General Yuri Pototurko said that in 2016 MTZ shipped a number of its vehicles to Indonesia for testing.

The vehicles are designed to work rice fields. So far the feedback has been positive. The Belarusian company intends to sell such vehicles to Vietnam and Cambodia, too.

Members of the Malaysian delegation expressed interest in resuming the delivery of a wide range of MTZ agricultural machines to Malaysia. The Malaysian delegation visited the exhibition of machines and vehicles OAO Minsk Tractor Works makes.

The guests spoke highly of the products on display. The capacity of the Malaysian agricultural machines market is estimated at $70-80 million per annum.

The fleet of tractors and other agricultural machines comprises about 43,000 units. Such vehicles and machines are primarily used by plantation enterprise farmers. The first MTZ vehicles were delivered to Malaysia in 1968.
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Mah: Malaysia needs to produce more downstream rubber products
24th December, 2016


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KLANG: The surge in rubber prices this year has given a positive impact on more than 440,000 smallholders from the socio-economic aspect, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Mah Siew Keong said.

He said the main factor that contributed to the increase in rubber prices was shortage of rubber supply due to the prolonged rainy season in major rubber producing countries, particularly Thailand and Malaysia.

“In addition, demand from China had risen as its rubber stock dropped to 175,000 tonnes in early 2016, on Thursday.

Lee Swee Kiat Group has made the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest bedding manufacturer with an annual production of 4,008 tonnes of centrifuged latex a year.

The increased demand for natural rubber from China was due to buoyant vehicle sales there.

“This situation will definitely help increase the income of rubber smallholders directly,” Mah said. Hence, he said Malaysia needed to produce more downstream rubber products in order to achieve sustainable rubber prices due fluctuating natural rubber prices.

In early 2016, the SMR 20 Free on Board (FOB) rubber price opened at RM4.81 per kg (Jan 4, 2016) and fetched the lowest price of RM4.26 per kg on Feb 11, 2016.

To the delight of smallholders, the price of SMR 20 FOB jumped to the highest level in three years to RM9.46 per kg on Dec 15, 2016.

“The price fluctuated (within a wide margin) from RM4.26 per kg (on Dec 15) and settled at RM8.60 per kg yesterday. So, this is the reason why we need to produce more downstream rubber products in order to achieve sustainable rubber prices,” he said.

On the SMR 20 FOB rubber price projection for 2017, Mah said he could not anticipate the figure, but hoped it would not fall sharply to the RM4 per kg level, which was below the cost of production.

He said RM7 or RM8 per kg would be sustainable for rubber smallholders. The value of rubber and rubber product exports is expected to increase two per cent in 2016 from RM25.6 billion in 2015, while that of 2017 will be even higher, he added.

Mah said 1.07 million hectares of land in the country were under rubber cultivation, largely in Kelantan, Pahang and Kedah. –Bernama
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December 20, 2016 10:13 pm JST
NH Foods to make Malaysia export hub for halal foods
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KUALA LUMPUR -- NH Foods, Japan's largest food producer by sales, will make Malaysia the hub of its exports of halal food consumed by Muslims.

The group's unit NHF Manufacturing, a 51:49 joint venture with poultry producer Lay Hong, will build a new factory in Selangor, a state adjacent to the Malaysian capital on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. With an investment of $10 million, construction of the new factory is slated to begin in early 2017. When completed in the first half of 2018, the factory will be capable of producing 1,000 tons of food monthly under the first phase, with the option to double the capacity, depending on demand.

"There is big potential for halal food in Japan," said Hideki Fujii, an executive of NH Foods, during a press briefing, citing the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan.

On Tuesday, the joint venture launched five variants of frozen chicken products -- "kaarage" deep-fried boneless thigh meat, "chiki-chiki" bone middle wing, "amakaraage" whole thigh meat, "tebamoto amakaraage" drumettes and "menchi katsu" deep-fried ground meat. Marketed under the brand Nippon Premium NutriPlus, these products are currently available at AEON and two other local supermarkets, but the sales network will be expanded to include convenience stores and gas stations.

"Our main target is to focus on urban areas," said Yap Chor How, Lay Hong's executive director.

Together with NH Foods, Lay Hong is exploring opportunities in Indonesia and Thailand to expand its footprint to become an integrated food producer.

"We want to tap into NH Foods' logistics network," Yap added.

Lay Hong is one of the biggest poultry players in the country, boasting annual production of 500 million table eggs and 30,000 metric tons of broiler meat, according to the company's website.

For the fiscal year ended March, NH Foods logged sales of $11.2 billion, of which 17% was from its operations abroad in 18 countries and regions.

Under its export strategy, the Malaysian unit will also produce halal-certified ready-to-eat chilled foods, including meat balls, burgers and omelets. State-of-the-art machinery will be installed at the new factory to produce easy-to-cook vegetables, as well as other Chinese foods such as dim sum. The unit hopes to export about 40% of its produce to Singapore, Japan and the Middle East.
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Malaysian Produced Palm-based Cooking Oil Making Waves In France, Quality Meets Int'l Standards
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Several years ago, consumers were advised against using palm-based cooking oil in cooking as it was allegedly to be unhealthy but this misperception is slowly being debunked with studies showing that it is actually good for the health if used in controlled amounts.

And now, Malaysia’s own palm-based cooking oil is recognised internationally through Paris-based chef, David Martin’s recent Food Truck Tour de France, who presented his French-inspired recipes cooked with Malaysian cooking oil.

He toured two French cities known for their gastronomy and wine, Lyon and Bordeaux, and attracted hundreds of French consumers who found his dishes to be of excellent quality and was pleasantly surprised to find that Malaysian cooking oil tasted just as good as traditional French oils.

The Chef’s dishes included Mango Chicken; Fish fillet with coconut milk and a red Palm Oil sauce; Sweet potato fritters with spicy sauce; and the banana wrap with red fruits sauce.

He also informed the crowd about the health benefits of palm oil, including its nutritional properties (vitamins A and E), and how its high heat resistance makes it an excellent cooking oil.

The quality of Malaysian cooking oil is ensured by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) as repackaging companies appointed by the ministry need to conform to specifications set to repack cooking oil.

This is not limited to just bottled cooking oil or cooking oil meant for export, but also extends to the subsidised cooking oil sold in 1kilogram (kg) polybags.

While cooking oil in 1kg polybags are cheaper, it is not of lower quality or made from recycled cooking oil. Instead, the basic commodity is sold at a cheaper price because it is subsidised by the government.

Cooking oil in 1kg polybags is currently subsidised by the government and is sold at RM2.50, while bottled cooking oil is sold at market price.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad has been named the new Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) chairman in line with the government’s aspiration to strengthen the agency’s leadership.

Shahrir is the Johor Baru Member of Parliament.

He replaces Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad whose term has ended, but remains chairman of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a statement said under the restructuring, there is a division of responsibilities towards the settlers’ welfare and socio-economic status and Felda’s business.

Shahrir has wide experience in government administration and was formerly a minister for three different ministries.

He also previously held the post of Malaysian Palm Oil Board chairman and was chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

“I express my appreciation to Mohd Isa for his service to Felda since taking over as chairman in 2011,” Najib said.

He added that under his leadership, Felda had successfully undertaken a lot of community activities, as well as programmes to enhance the quality of life of settlers and their families. — Bernama
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Cocoa and coconut corporation to replace M’sian Cocoa Board


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Cocoa and Coconut Corp will be established to replace the Malaysian Cocoa Board in an effort to increase the production of coconuts in the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said negotiations had been held with the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, to include coconut as a commodity and agricultural crop under the Malaysian Cocoa Board (Inc) Act 1988.

“The working paper from the said ministry will be presented to the Cabinet to include coconut as a commodity, besides cocoa (in the Act).

“Apart from that, it also aims to include coconut and change the name and functions of the Board to not only focus on cocoa, an industry that is relatively dim in the country, but also include coconut elements,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid who is also Home Minister said this to reporters after the proclamation of Bagan Datuk as the 12th administrative district of Perak by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, in Bagan Datuk on Monday.

Ahmad Zahid said this when asked to comment on the coconut industry in the country particularly in Bagan Datuk which is declining.

Elaborating, he said he had asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, as well as the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities to expedite the allocation for the procurement of seedlings for Matag coconuts which give early production compared with the Malayan Tall variety.

Ahmad Zahid who is also Member of Parliament for Bagan Datuk said currently the country imports about 1.5 million coconuts annually and the costs were high.

“I will monitor this (Matag coconut planting) so that it is not only for Bagan Datuk but also for other districts such as Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor, Kudat, Pontian, as well as Batu Pahat,” he said. - Bernama
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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Gooi Hoe Hin has been appointed chairman of the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) effective Jan 1.

The council said in a statement that Gooi, who was private secretary to former Penang Chief Minister, the late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, took over from Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng whose tenure as chairman ended on Dec 31, 2016.

Gooi, 64, held various posts in the Primary Industries Ministry (now known as the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry), including the role of senior private secretary to its two former ministers.

During his 25 years of government service, Gooi, who holds a bachelor of Economics (hons) from University of Malaya, worked closely with the Primary Industries Ministry and its ministers to develop various far reaching commodities related policies which were instrumental in protecting the commodities sectors, particularly palm oil, rubber, timber and timber products and tin.

MTC said he was involved in formulating the Cooking Oil Price Stabilisation Scheme, the rubber subsidies during the 1997 crisis, the replanting schemes for palm oil and rubber and the Tripartite Arrangement on rubber prices with Thailand and Indonesia.

His notable accomplishments include his involvement in forming various government agencies such as the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council, Malaysian Palm Oil Promotion Council and MTC. He worked closely with the then Primary Industries Minister in overcoming the tin crisis in 1986, the anti-tropical timber campaigns and the dismantling of the International Natural Rubber Agreement in the 1990s.
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Gooi takes on the role of chairman following decades of experience and exposure to global forums and international trade and commodities conferences.

His tenure in serving the Federal Government also saw him participate in various bilateral and multilateral meetings to ensure the interests of the Malaysian commodities sector remain protected.

MTC said his rich experience would enable him to lead the council’s board of trustees in overseeing and determining MTC’s policies and directions.
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