One-Day Excursion

Agriculture on Tropical Peatland: Smallholder Farms

EXCURSIONSmallholder farming is an important agricultural sector in Malaysia. This excursion showcases farms on tropical peatland in the Samarahan Basin, which is situated about 40 km to the south of Kuching City. We begin our excursion at the KPF Plantation, an oil palm plantation, undertaken by the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA). This FELCRA initiative aims to improve the standard of living of the rural communities through their participation in national economic activities. The second destination is a pineapple farm located in the Integrated Agricultural Development Area (IADA), an agency established under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Malaysia. IADA provides the infrastructural facilities and assists the farmers to commercialise their production. Pineapple is among the cash crops introduced to the farmers with the objective to improve their standard of living. On this visit, you will get the opportunity to see good agricultural practices without compromising the need for sustainable development of smallholder establishments. The highlight of this excursion is the briefing on the soil profile of a peat pit. The pit is large enough to enter and make closer observations on the tropical peat characteristics. On your return to Kuching, you will visit the Tropical Peat Research Laboratory Complex and be treated to high tea.

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    15 January 2016
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    30 June 2016