Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Study the effects of direct seeding

CAP urges the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and relevant agencies to review the effects of the direct seeding system practised by paddy farmers in this country so as to ensure higher yield in the future.

In a survey conducted by CAP, we found that the direct seeding method in paddy cultivation has caused many problems to farmers although admittedly it is not labour intensive and cuts cost.

Agricultural, home and health solutions at CAP’s Go Natural Fair 2011

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Welcome to the Consumers’ Association of Penang’s “Go Natural Fair” 2011.

From 9 to 11 December at the Botanic Gardens, Penang, we will hold a three-day fair to introduce to you life sustaining techniques and methods for organic produce and home solutions for your gardens and your personal health for a greener, healthier and safer future for you and your families.

The fair will demonstrate various methods used by farmers locally and from India to produce organic produce in ways which are safer and more productive than modern chemical agriculture.

Towards toxic-free and chemical-free agriculture

Modern agricultural practices, with the introduction of monocrop cultivation and high yielding varieties in food crops has meant escalating use of pesticides due to increased susceptibility to diseases and pests. It is time for us to shift towards more sustainable models in agriculture which are ecologically sound and economically viable otherwise we will not only damage our natural resources but damage the human health perpetually.

Malaysia should support and adopt sustainable indigenous knowledge and practices for livestock husbandry

Malaysia's demand for livestock continues to grow as meat consumption per capita keeps increasing. Per capita consumption of beef has increased from 2.4kg/year in 1985 to 8.4kg/year in 2010 and our self-sufficiency level for beef is 28%.  In Malaysia, poultry and pig production has developed to a stage where it is self-sufficient.
 
To meet the increasing demand, farmers and livestock rearers in Malaysia have to undertake their production with several multiple challenges which are compromising the health of their animals, the incomes of farmers, as also in the long run the health of consumers, forcing small farmers out of the livelihood of producing safe food in sustainable ways:

How to make Farmers' Effective Micro-organisms

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Farmers’ Effective Micro-organisms (FEM) improve the soil, reduce plant disease and promote plant growth. 

INGREDIENTS

Pumpkin—3kg,  Banana—3kg,  Papaya—3 kg,  Brown Sugar—3 kg,  Eggs—5,  Water—10 litres