Socioeconomic Profile of Farmer in Malaysia: Study on Integrated Agricultural Development Area in North-West Selangor

Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (ISSN 1841-0375), Vol. 7(2), pp. 249-265, 2010

17 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017

See all articles by Md. Mahmudul Alam

Md. Mahmudul Alam

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Md. Wahid Murad

University of Adelaide - Faculty of the Professions

Rafiqul Molla

International Islamic University Chittagong

Mohd Toriman

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Date Written: 2010

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

JEL Classification: Q15, Q16

Suggested Citation

Alam, Md. Mahmudul and Siwar, Chamhuri and Murad, Md. Wahid and Molla, Rafiqul and Toriman, Mohd, Socioeconomic Profile of Farmer in Malaysia: Study on Integrated Agricultural Development Area in North-West Selangor (2010). Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (ISSN 1841-0375), Vol. 7(2), pp. 249-265, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941317

Md. Mahmudul Alam (Contact Author)

Universiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

Sintok, Kedah
Malaysia

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Md. Wahid Murad

University of Adelaide - Faculty of the Professions ( email )

Australia

Rafiqul Molla

International Islamic University Chittagong ( email )

College Road
Chittagong
Bangladesh

Mohd Toriman

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

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