BFM Podcast

Grain's Anatomy - Heirloom Rice For Malaysia's Food Security

Tan KW
Publish date: Mon, 11 Dec 2023, 06:27 PM
Grain's Anatomy - Heirloom Rice For Malaysia's Food Security

11-Dec-23 15:00

Liani MK, contributing writer, Macaranga | Wong Siew Lyn, Editor, Macaranga | Peter Tadam, Tour Guide

The rise in price for imported rice in Malaysia saw consumers chasing cheaper locally grown products - but Malaysia isn't producing enough rice to support our local demand. In the village of Long Semadoh in Sarawak though, rice is abundant in both variety and amount - they grow what is known as heirloom rice. Environmental journalism portal Macaranga recently released an in-depth article on this, called "Sowing Seeds of Resilience in Heirloom Rice" which looks at heirloom rice farming in Sarawak, and its contributions to addressing food security concerns and safeguarding heirloom rice varieties. We discuss the history and future of heirloom rice farming in Malaysia, and what steps can be taken to further enhance its contribution to food security and economic development in rural areas with Liani MK (contributing writer, Macaranga), Wong Siew Lyn, (Editor, Macaranga) and Peter Tadam, a tour guide from the farming community of Long Semadoh, Sarawak.

Image Credit: Shutterstock/Abang Faizul

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