EPP 9: Introducing Fragrant Rice Varieties for Non-Irrigated Areas

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EPP 9.0 - Introducing fragrant rice variety for non-irrigated areas

This EPP focuses on planting fragrant rice (e.g. Jasmine or Basmati-type) on rain-fed areas to increase the average national paddy yield, reducing Malaysia’s dependence on imported rice.

Initiatives under this EPP also seek to produce premium organic rice, with anchor companies appointed to undertake the planting and commercialisation of fragrant rice varieties developed by MARDI (Malaysia Agricultural Research & Development Institute).

As at June 2013, this EPP’s anchor companies have planted 297 ha of the 750 ha of fragrant rice varieties targeted by MARDI for planting to increase total production to 2,500 ha. MARDI will also identify more anchor companies to commercialise the fragrant rice varieties produced while supporting the existing four players in their production and marketing efforts. Additionally, MARDI will continue R&D efforts to produce new fragrant rice varieties and agronomic packaging to support the commercialisation of these products.


  • The National Farmers Organisation, Bio One Tech Sdn Bhd and Ceria Alliance Sdn Bhd were appointed as anchor companies in 2014.
  • To date, 2,118 hectares of land have been amalgamated, while 2,026.5 mt of fragrant rice were produced in 2014.

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