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Govt urged to think hard about food security PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 December 2012 19:50

Budget 2013 reflects the government’s unwillingness to address the issue of food security in its totality, according to the Southeast Asia Council for Food Security and Fair Trade (Seacon) and the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca).

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Enough food but we need to plug the leaks’ PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 April 2011 23:41

Institute of Strategic and International Studies senior fellow Dr Larry Wong says Malaysia was one of the top gainers during the 2008 food crisisInstitute of Strategic and International Studies senior fellow Dr Larry Wong says Malaysia was one of the top gainers during the 2008 food crisis
Food costs are rising, but experts tell SANTHA OORJITHAM that instead of panicking, we should review how food is produced, priced, distributed and traded

IT’S true that the world’s population is expected to swell from 6.8 billion now to about 9.2 billion by 2050. And it’s true that food prices have risen just short of the peak during the 2008 food crisis.

But Malaysians should not have a siege mentality, although we should plug leakages and cut wastage.

“It’s not a time to panic, but it’s a time to remember that this is a global issue and will hit Malaysian shores at some point,” said Datuk Mohd Zain Mohd Dom, secretary-general of the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 04:40
Food security policy may be extended PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 20:54

FOOD security in Malaysia is poised to become more stable and secure with the Government's commitment to possibly extend the expired National Food Security Policy (FSP) and also implement the fourth National Agricultural Policy (NAP 4) this year.

The FSP (2008-2010) was introduced at the height of the global food crisis with prices of food-based crops like wheat soaring by 130%, rice 74% and soybean 87% as a result of supply shortage due to climate change on the back of strong demand from the growing world population.

Under the policy, RM5.6bil was allocated for agriculture development in FSP with defined strategies focusing firstly on increasing the production of rice (see table)

The focus on Malaysia's rice sector can be seen from NAP 1 (1984-1991), NAP 2 (1992-2010) and the revised NAP 3 (1998-2010) with food security being the thrust of the policy for the sector.

Farm reforms key to new food policy, says council PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 May 2010 22:09
May 19, 2010
Malaysia’s farmers were not being provided with adequate training, said Mitin. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Malaysia must reform its approach towards farming if its new national agriculture policy is to succeed, says food security council Seacon.

This comes as the third National Agriculture Policy (NAP) expires this year and the country grapples with the vulnerability of its food supply.

Figures from the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries show that Malaysia was far from being self sufficient in food, and imports exceeded exports by RM9.61 billion in 2007 as compared with RM7.06 billion in 2005.

Anni Mitin, executive director of Seacon (the Southeast Asian Council for Food Security and Fair Trade) said farmers were key to food production but were not getting enough training and support in Malaysia, without which many exit the business and opt to plant oil palm instead.

“There is no allocation for training in the NAP,” she said.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 May 2010 22:12
The Star - Ensuring food security is the right way to go PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 March 2010 00:46

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 SEACON's Letter to Editor (The Star 22 February, 2010)

Last Updated on Friday, 07 May 2010 04:11
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