Sabah's Parti Warisan Questions Year-Long Delay in Reviving Paddy Cultivation Board

Sabah's Parti Warisan raises concerns over the postponement in reviving the Lembaga Padi Sabah, which could have helped address rice supply issues caused by export restrictions in Vietnam and India.

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Sabah's Parti Warisan Questions Year-Long Delay in Reviving Paddy Cultivation Board

Sabah's Parti Warisan Questions Year-Long Delay in Reviving Paddy Cultivation Board

Sabah's Parti Warisan has raised concerns over the State Cabinet's year-long postponement in approving the revival of the Lembaga Padi Sabah (LPS) for paddy cultivation. The party argues that the postponement has hindered efforts to boost local rice production and address supply issues caused by recent export restrictions imposed by Vietnam and India in May 2023.

Terrence Siambun, the Vice President of Parti Warisan, stated that the party had planned to revive the LPS with thousands of acres allotted for paddy cultivation before they lost the State Government after 23 months due to a "betrayal". The postponement in the approval to revive the LPS is seen as particularly concerning in light of the supply disruptions faced by Malaysia following the rice export restrictions.

Parti Warisan has criticized the postponement, emphasizing that the timely revival of LPS could have helped address the rice supply issues faced by the state. The party is calling for the State Cabinet to expedite the approval process and revive the LPS to support Sabah's paddy farmers and ensure food security in the state.

Why this matters: The postponement in reviving the LPS highlights the importance of timely decision-making and policy implementation to ensure food security in the region, especially in the face of global supply chain disruptions. The revival of LPS could play a vital role in boosting local rice production and reducing Sabah's reliance on imported rice.

Siambun further emphasized the importance of the LPS revival, stating, "The postponement in the approval to revive the LPS is concerning, especially in light of the recent rice export restrictions imposed by Vietnam and India in May 2023, which caused supply disruptions in Malaysia." Parti Warisan maintains that the State Cabinet's prompt action is necessary to support local paddy cultivation and ensure a stable supply of rice for the people of Sabah.

Key Takeaways

  • Parti Warisan raises concerns over 1-year delay in reviving Lembaga Padi Sabah (LPS).
  • LPS revival could have boosted local rice production amid supply disruptions from Vietnam, India.
  • Parti Warisan criticizes postponement, calls for expedited approval to support Sabah's paddy farmers.
  • Timely LPS revival crucial for food security amid global supply chain disruptions.
  • Prompt state action needed to support local paddy cultivation and ensure stable rice supply.