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Socioeconomic Profile Of Farmer In Malaysia: Study On Integrated Agricultural Development Area In North-West Selangor


  • Alam, Mahmudul

    () (Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), University Kebangsaan Malaysia)

  • Siwar, Chamhuri

    () (Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), University Kebangsaan Malaysia)

  • Murad, Wahid

    () (Department of Economics, Faculty of Management and Economics, University of Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia)

  • Molla, Rafiqul Islam

    () (Faculty of Business and Law, Multimedia University, Melaka, Malaysia)

  • bin Toriman, Mohd Ekhwan

    () (School of Social, Development & Environmental Studies (FSSK), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Selangor, Malaysia)


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.

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  • Alam, Mahmudul & Siwar, Chamhuri & Murad, Wahid & Molla, Rafiqul Islam & bin Toriman, Mohd Ekhwan, 2010. "Socioeconomic Profile Of Farmer In Malaysia: Study On Integrated Agricultural Development Area In North-West Selangor," Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Institute of Agricultural Economics, vol. 7(2), pages 249-265.
  • Handle: RePEc:iag:reviea:v:7:y:2010:i:2:p:249-265

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    1. Md. Mahmudul Alam, & Chamhuri Siwar & Basri Talib & Mohd Ekhwan bin Toriman, 2011. "The Relationships between the Socio-Economic Profile of Farmers and Paddy Productivity in North-West Selangor, Malaysia," Asia-Pacific Development Journal, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), vol. 18(1), pages 161-173, June.

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    land ownership; crop choice; yield; machineries; dependency ratio; Paddy; Malaysia;

    JEL classification:

    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services


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