The estate farming approach, demonstrated in EPP 10: Strengthening Productivity
of Paddy Farming in MADA, will be replicated in seven other granaries in Malaysia
to increase the national productivity of paddy, as well as to ensure a steady income
for farmers who plan to exit paddy farming.
The scheme will also be implemented in an identified area
of 5,100 ha of land in Batang Lupar and 5,000 ha in Kota Belud. This initiative
will ensure that flood mitigation and water management systems up to the tertiary
level are put in place.
To improve productivity, this EPP, driven by the Ministry of Agriculture’s
(MoA) Paddy and Rice Division, will establish a research and development (R&D)
programme to study the drought tolerance and pest/disease resistance of rice crops
to improve the yield of Sarawak’s traditional rice varieties.
In 2013, this EPP aims to amalgamate another 5,400 ha in the seven IADAs (Integrated
Agricultural Development Authority), as well as in Kota Belud and Batang Lupur,
Sarawak. Following the model by MADA, each IADA will facilitate the farmer’s
co-operatives to move into downstream production to generate better returns for
- 15 new companies were appointed as special purpose vehicles under this EPP in 2014.
- As of 2014, a total of 13,361 hectares of land has been amalgamated, producing 36,911 mt of paddy.
- Through this EPP, average productivity has increased to 4.3-4.5 mt per hectare per year from 3.5-3.8 mt per hectare per year.