A Sustainable Paddy Farming Practice in West Malaysia

By Zakirah Othman, Amran Muhammad and Mohd Akib Abu Bakar.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Malaysia aims to transform its current agricultural practices to modern, innovative and sustainable levels. There are many issues that are highlighted to improve the sustainability of agricultural practices. However, this is not an easy task because there are several problems that the society and farmers will face, especially in enhancing their lifestyles as well as their ecosystems. Introducing Information and Communication Technology application like electronic learning is a novel way to educate and promote the young generation to appreciate sustainable agriculture. Furthermore, it can promote a sustainable living environment. Before the designing of this education prototype, the current practices of sustainable agriculture in paddy fields should be collected. Thus, the main objective of this paper is to discuss and identify the current practices of paddy farming at four locations in West Malaysia. This is a preliminary study to design a prototype learning based on real practices performed in organic paddy fields. This research employed a qualitative research design using the observation and case study approaches. The respondents for this study were the farmers, researchers and agricultural officers. The locations for this case study were the paddy farming areas in Sabak Bernam, Kahang, Tunjung and Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA). As a conclusion, the results showed that the paddy farming practised in the four selected locations employed a sustainable agricultural system at certain stages of their paddy farming.

Keywords: Sustainable, Agriculture, Paddy Farming, Practice, Malaysia

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.425-438. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 661.309KB).

Zakirah Othman

Lecturer, Department of Management & Technology, University of Malaya, Changlun, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Zakirah Othman received the B. Sc (Hons) in Technology and Information Science degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the M. Sc Information Technology degree from Universiti Utara Malaysia. She is currently working toward the PhD degree in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University Malaya. Her research interests include sustainability in agriculture and virtual reality.

Dr. Amran Muhammad

Lecturer, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Dr. Amran Muhammad received his Ph.D in History and Policy of Technology from the University of Manchester. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and M.A. in Philosophy and History of Science from the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation – International Islamic University of Malaysia (ISTAC-IIUM). He is currently teaching at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya.

Mohd Akib Abu Bakar

Student, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Mohd Akib Abu Bakar is currently studying degree at the College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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