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Acute food insecurity to deteriorate further in 20 countries

ADDIS ABABA, June 9 (Bernama) — Acute food insecurity is likely to deteriorate further in 20 countries or situations, including Ethiopia, from June to September 2022, according to the joint UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) report.

Monetary policy remains accommodative of economy

THE Malaysian economy no longer requires the support of monetary policy, according to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) deputy governor Abdul Rasheed Ghaffour. He noted that the gradual hike in the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) from its historical low of 1.75% to 2% will allow the market to adjust and be viewed as accommodating.

12MP aims to shift Malaysia to sustainable circular economy, says Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Bernama) — The 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) aims to shift the country’s conventional linear economy model, which has been proven to be harmful to the environment, to the sustainable circular economy model, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Pemansuhan permit import perkukuh jaminan makanan, elak kenaikan harga

KUALA LUMPUR: Langkah kerajaan memansuhkan permit import (AP) makanan baru-baru ini dilihat mampu menjadi penyelesaian bagi membolehkan pasaran beroperasi secara bebas dalam usaha memperkukuh jaminan makanan serta mengelak berlakunya kenaikan harga.

Healthcare Bio

Smoking impacts bone health

BONE Health Alliance Malaysia (BHAM) is supporting the government’s call for action towards effective tobacco control measures as it is critical to improving bone health and reducing the burden of fractures. Bone health took a back seat during the pandemic but as we transition to the endemic phase, BHAM is urging Malaysians to practise positive […]

Takeda’s dengue vaccine candidate delivers continued protection

Vital dengue vaccine offers over four years’ protection following successful clinical trial Takeda has announced that its dengue vaccine, TAK-003, prevented 84% of hospitalised cases and 61% of symptomatic cases. Furthermore, there were no important safety risks identified among the overall population throughout the four and a half years following vaccination during the phase 3 […]

Be aware of nose cancer

IN late 2018, it was reported that badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei had to undergo treatment for early-stage nose cancer. The former World No. 1 has since bounced back after the diagnosis. His condition has thrown the spotlight on nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), a type of nose cancer.

Brain-Immune System Communication Induces Symptoms of Sickness

When someone gets an infection, most people think it’s the immune system kicking into gear when they feel some of the body’s natural defenses like a fever, chills, or fatigue. But what many of us don’t know is that it’s actually the brain behind all of this. Researchers led by teams from the Harvard University […]


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Malaysia Airlines flies with SAF supplied by Petronas

Malaysia Airlines operated its first passenger flight using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ (SAF) on flight MH603 from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in conjunction with World Environment Day. The historic flight was operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft fuelled by a blend of conventional jet fuel and Neste’s SAF, which is produced from 100% renewable […]

First tests underway for hybrid biomass/solar systems

Researchers have developed a new joint system draws energy from the sun and biomass can provide 100 percent of the heating needed for a one-story house during the year. In the warmer months, the system can generate surplus electricity that can be resold to the grid. The system has been developed and tested so far only at the simulation […]

From cars to homes, these portable hydrogen cartridges could power up the future

PARIS, June 7 — Toyota and its subsidiary Woven Planet have developed a prototype of a removable hydrogen cartridge, intended to power the vehicles and homes of the future with clean energy, based on individual needs.

Jadikan pemuliharaan hutan Malaysia segmen pelaburan

KUALA LUMPUR: Pemuliharaan hutan ruang yang semakin berkembang untuk tujuan pelaburan ke arah pengurangan pelepasan karbon di Asia Tenggara (SEA), khususnya di Indonesia dan Malaysia, menurut laporan oleh perunding global Bain & Company dan firma pelaburan Singapura, Temasek Holdings Ltd.


FGV introduces sustainable rodenticide for Malaysia’s paddy crops

FGV Agri Services Sdn Bhd has launched Butik S, the first-generation rodenticide for usage in the integration of cage owls under the Paddy Production Incentive Scheme (SIPP). The anticoagulant bait is formulated from several ingredients that are palatable for rats and designed to have the proper weight, shape and colour to attract rats.

Discovery paves way for more sustainable crop cultivation methods

Rutgers researchers have discovered that nitrogen-fixing bacteria hidden within leaf cells could lead to more efficient and sustainable methods of crop cultivation. The study, recently published in the journal Biology, investigated how bacteria in non-photosynthetic leaf cells of seed plants can naturally provide nitrogen to plants.

Thailand to allow people to grow unlimited number of cannabis plants

THAILAND will soon allow people to grow an unlimited number of cannabis plants at home as it is scheduled to be removed from its prohibited narcotics list on Thursday. However, homegrown cannabis is allowed only for health and medical purposes and is not to be used for recreation.

The People Problem In Food And Agriculture And How To Solve It

Consolidation means the total number working in global farming has never been smaller. Farm business is hard work, poorly paid and seasonal. When contrasted with more regular jobs in other industries, this causes a worker to rethink. Agriculture isn’t immune from the “Great Resignation,” and McKinsey analysts have recently shown that this trend will continue.


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