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Idle Land Development Yields Success Stories

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

The vast tracts of agricultural land abandoned by their owners due to old age or other reasons are a matter of concern. If put to good use, its output can help the nation to slash its yearly food import bill that now runs into billions of ringgit.

This final of a four-part series of articles tracks the experiences of two people who have successfully rehabilitated their idle land.

 

TEMERLOH (Bernama) -- Shahrizal Salleh's two-hectare plot of land in Kampung Paya Jejawi here, that has been lying idle for five years, is now thriving with 250 young coconut and 2,000 banana trees planted there.

Cultivated a year ago, the 'berangan' bananas will be ripe for harvesting by September while it will take another three to four years before the yellow Malayan coconuts can be harvested.

Previously overrun by unsightly weed, bushes and undergrowth, the plot's transformation was made possible through the Department of Agriculture's (DoA) Idle Land Development programme, an initiative it introduced in 2007 to encourage landowners to utilise land that has been left unused for agricultural purposes.

 

DoA Lends A Helping Hand To Develop Idle Land

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

The vast tracts of agricultural land abandoned by their owners due to old age or other reasons are a matter of concern. If put to good use, its output can help the nation to slash its yearly food import bill that now runs into billions of ringgit. This third of a four-part series of articles looks at the Department of Agriculture's initiatives to develop idle land.

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) --  The development of abandoned agricultural land first came on the radar of the Department of Agriculture (DoA) when the Eighth Malaysia Plan (2001-2005) was implemented.

However, it was only in 2007 that the department introduced the Idle Land Development Programme to encourage owners of unused land to cultivate their plots or lease it out to others.

The programme was aimed at optimising the nation's valuable land resources and preventing them from going to waste in order to increase food production capacities and reduce the nation's dependence on food imports.

Include Idle Land Development In National Agriculture Policy: Experts

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

The vast tracts of agricultural land abandoned by their owners due to old age or other reasons are a matter of concern. If put to good use, its output can help the nation to slash its yearly food import bill that now runs into billions of ringgit. This second of a four-part series of articles focuses on the need for more detailed studies on idle land.

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The government must formulate a more comprehensive agriculture policy to empower the nation's food production sector so as to ensure food security for Malaysians.

The policy should also chart out long-term, medium-term and short-term strategies to develop abandoned agricultural land in order to optimise productivity, say experts.

Land Professionals Society of Malaysia president Prof Dr Ismail Omar said the national agricultural policies thus far lacked a proper approach to developing the vast tracts of agricultural land lying idle throughout the country.

Unlock Potential Of Idle Land To Reduce Food Imports: Expert

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

The vast tracts of agricultural land abandoned by their owners due to old age or other reasons are a matter of concern. If put to good use, its output can help slash the nation's food import bill that now runs into billions of ringgit yearly. This is the first of a four-part series of articles on the issue of idle land.

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysia's food import bill that reportedly hits billions of ringgit a year seems irrational considering the vast tracts of land lying idle in the nation that has the potential for agricultural development.

According to the Department of Agriculture's (DoA) 2014 statistics, no less than 119,273 hectares of land suitable for agricultural use was left idle throughout the nation, with about 117,198 ha located in the peninsula. 

Statistics from the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) show that Malaysia's fruit and vegetable import bill for 2018 touched RM8.5 billion, and RM8.9 billion the previous year. In 2015, its total food import bill came to an astronomical RM45 billion.

World recognises Dr Mahathir's influence, leadership quality

By Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Bernama) -- In just a year of his tenure as Malaysia's seventh prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been recognised as one of the world’s most influential men.

Istanbul's Incredible Views From Asian Side

By Shakir Husain

The writer, Shakir Husain, is Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi, India. 

 

ISTANBUL (Bernama) -- Istanbul's Asian side does not get the visitor attention it deserves, but what it lacks in attractions is compensated by the incredible views of the city it offers.

Istanbul's major tourist places are located on the European side, so when I ended up on the Asian side, on the Çaml?ca Hill to be precise, coming across many Arab tourists was a surprise.

Exploring the Asian side was not a matter of serendipity, but it was rather by design; a friend decided that I must see this less touristy part as well.