STRANGE, as it may seen, Bukit Bintang known more for its vibrant massage parlours, is harbouring a huge slice of the key, that can unlock paddy yield potentials to the point, it becomes commercially viable to make a decent living as a rice farmer.
WHY did Syed Mokthar's Bernas not pursue the Bukit Bintang option to boost yields, when one of Bernas functions was to ensure that Malaysia achieved 100 per cent sustainable rice self sufficiency?
WAS it because the Bukit Bintang is mere hype or is it because the Bukit Bintang option is armed with the tools ,to give Malaysia, that one giant leap into self sufficiency, that would result in Bernas having to close shop.
WHATEVER, the reason is the Prime Minister, should take the Apex role in pursuing this option to the fullest.
SANDWICHED between swanky up market Bukit Bintang , and the seedier part of the city at Level 7, Menara Yayasan Tun Razak, 200 Jalan Bukit Bintang, is home to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre, which represents Taiwan's interest in Malaysia.
AGRICULTURE contributes VIEW : merely 1.4 per cent of Taiwan's GDP in 2022. The low contribution to GDP is understandable because of Taiwan's READ : 60 per cent domination of the world semi conductor market and 90 per cent hold on more sophisticated chops
TAIWAN's yields are READ : as comparable with top rice yield producer, China which averages about 6.5 ha per tonne, with the core difference being the Taiwanese rice are of better quality and of a higher grade.
TAIWAN aside, others which we should look at is Egypt and how it transformed itself into rice self sufficiency . READ : United Nations backed rice cultivation project harvest a world record setting yield of 9.5 tonnes per ha in 2005.
BUT why the emphasis on Taiwan instead of Egypt then? Obviously, Taiwan's superior paddy sees know how and its ability to cut water utilisation are mere bonuses in the scheme of things.
TAIWAN stands out, because the nation state has proven time after time, its ability to deliver results well beyond her shores, meaning in Taiwan, we have a ready made partner who has proven expertise and experience in delivering the goods globally.
READ : TaiwanICDF assists Indonesia with high-quality rice seed production and publishes results with Hasanuddin University