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The country is still far away from stopping dependence on imported rice

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

By Nor Amalina Alias (BH Online)​​- May 29, 2023 @ 7:35pm

BACHOK: The country doesn't need to depend on imported rice if paddy fields are able to produce an average of 10 tonnes of rice per hectare each season.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu, said that currently the average production of rice is only five tonnes per hectare per season.

He said, at this time the ministry was following the yield production standards according to the system established in Sekinchan, Selangor which had yielded yields of seven to 10 tonnes per hectare.

"All kinds of techniques, new steel has to be introduced from time to time, it might take time but it needs to be there.

"If the average rice under the Kemubu Agricultural Development Institute (KADA) and the Young Agricultural Development Institute (MADA) reaches seven to 10 tons of rice per hectare, we don't need imported rice," he said...

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