Food Security : Threats and Challenges of Sustainable Paddy Production in Sarawak

Rosita, Hamdan and Sharon, Hou Wan and Audrey, Liwan and Freddy Yeo Kuok, San and Nur Zaimah, Ubaidillah (2022) Food Security : Threats and Challenges of Sustainable Paddy Production in Sarawak. In: 10th International Borneo Business Conference 2022 (iBBC) 2022), 19-21 September 2022, Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching, Sarawak.

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Rice is a staple food in Malaysia, hence paddy farming is vital to Malaysian households. However, the total amount of local rice output is still insufficient to meet household demand. There are several areas in Sarawak that are excellent for agriculture, particularly paddy growing. To maximise productivity, this potential agricultural area had not yet been used to its full potential. This study aims to highlight the challenges and threats facing Sarawak's paddy cultivation. This study collects qualitative information and contrasts findings from Sarawak's rural and sub-urban paddy farming. Interviews with 30 farmers were done in the sub-urban areas of Lundu and Siburan as well as the rural production areas of Bario and Long Seridan. Thematic analysis has been used to analyse the data. The results show that threats to and challenges to the sustainable production of the paddy sector include subsidies, a lack of understanding of the enhancement programme, a lack of communication channels to inform about production issues, a lack of marketing channels for the products, and other problems like price, ageing factors, and others. In the study, some suggestions for improving the sector will be found.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Budget Deficit, Fiscal Policy, ASEAN, Asymmetric Modelling.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 07:56
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2023 07:56

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