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Md. Mahmudul Alam (), Chamhuri Siwar (), Md Murad (), Rafiqul Islam Molla () and Mohd Ekhwan bin Toriman ()
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Chamhuri Siwar: Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), University Kebangsaan Malaysia
Rafiqul Islam Molla: Faculty of Business and Law, Multimedia University, Melaka, Malaysia
Mohd Ekhwan bin Toriman: School of Social, Development & Environmental Studies (FSSK), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Selangor, Malaysia

Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, 2010, vol. 7, issue 2, 249-265

Abstract: Agricultural contribution to GDP in Malaysia has been declining since 1970. The usages of agricultural land are also gradually decreasing. Even within the total agricultural area, most of the land has been used for industrial crops, and the ratio between industrial crops and food crops is increasing. Paddy is the main food crop in Malaysia, but as a low rate of productivity, farmers are engaged on part time basis. Therefore, it seems necessary to know the socioeconomic characteristics of the paddy farmers, their livelihood, and agricultural sustainability for policy implementation and its evaluation. This study analyzes the current profile of the paddy farmers in the Integrated Agricultural Development Area (IADA), North-West Selangor, Malaysia based on primary data. The data was collected through a questionnaire survey. Findings of the study suggest policy recommendations and action plans for the improvement of the farmers’ livelihood. The findings of the study are important for the policy makers and relevant agencies.

Keywords: land ownership; crop choice; yield; machineries; dependency ratio; Paddy; Malaysia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q15 Q16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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