- Durian Oh Durian
- Peanuts from Palm Oil
- NST Online: K-Economy-High Tech Wizards Show the Way Forward
- Slideshow: Challenges Facing a Sustainable Livestock Industry Geared for Export- Deep Tropical Investment Workshop (17 Slides)
- Slideshow: Financial Analysis- Deep Tropical Investment Workshop (25 Slides)
- Slideshow: Deep Tropical Food Production- Deep Tropical Investment Workshop (68 Slides)
- Slideshow: Deep Tropical Animal Production (22 Slides)
- Slideshow: Deep Tropical Animal Housing to Control the Spreading of Influenza A (10 Slides)
- How Developing Countries Can Produce Emergency Food and Gain Self-Sufficiency
- Malaysia's Agricultural Breakthrough and Nuclear Desalination Can Feed the World
- Malaysia's Deep Tropical Ruminant Production System Can Feed the World
- Agriculture in the Tropics: Seeking to be Self-Sufficient
- Food Production for Malaysia During a Collapsing World Economy
Malaysians' favourite fruit the Durian is another fine example of the bounty of the biosphere, aided by man’s ingenuity.
The Malaysian humid tropical rainforest, surviving successive ice-ages for over 100 million years, is possibly home to half of the earth’s estimated 50 million species.
Every single species is potentially useful to our future generations and can if needed be easily mass produced in rural areas without disturbing the virgin rainforests which can be reserved instead for ongoing scientific exploration.
Poaching wildlife and plant species from the rainforest is not only harmful but stupid.
It is cheaper and far more productive and wealth creating to learn about their natural life cycle and requirements and mass produce them outside of the rainforest to human requirements.
Haven’t we been doing this for 10,000 years of agriculture; selecting, developing and mass producing once wild plants and animals and domesticating them for human food and useful products?
Biosphere Technology takes this to a higher technological level. If a market can be developed, high tech entrepreneurial faming can turn any species, even birds and insects into wealth.
After all, the wide range of antibiotics in everyday use today was developed from wild species of fungi by once small agricultural engineering companies over the last 60 years.
They are now giant pharmaceutical companies.
Why restrict developing countries to slave labour colonial plantation crops such as tea, sugar, cotton, rubber or palm oil?
Encourage our hands on farmers and entrepreneurs with proven ability with low interest loans and suitable land and allow them to go high tech and think big.
Peanuts from Palm Oil
It is crazy to call palm oil the golden crop. It is a colonial crop just like rubber which keeps rural wages at barely survival levels.
The 2010 Budget and the Economic Planning Unit must face reality.
A land settlers house in Tasik Chini, Malaysia.
Oil palm settlers have been left behind in Malaysia's development
Much of the 4.5 million hectares now producing peanuts can be liberated for far higher economic use.
Deep Tropical food production can produce 10 times more income per hectare.
Malaysia can become the tree nursery of the world, producing fabulous wealth for landscaping cities and greening the deserts.
Backyard swiftlet houses already export birds nests worth RM1 billion per year, why not 16 billion?
October 08, 2009
General reply to Budget proposals from Prime Minister Najib
Oct 09, 2009
I was so excited this morning when I checked the responses to my request for Malaysia budget suggestions to find more than 400 comments and emails.
After a productive trip to France, it was heart-warming to see the zeal of the Malaysian people as they employ their civic duty and patriotism to provide input on the national budget.
I have already read through some of the suggestions to determine which can be considered to be inserted into the budget or into our policies.
To all of you who have sent me ideas, thank you again.
I will soon be discussing these with the Ministry of Finance, and will report back through the 1Malaysia blog how we were able to incorporate your suggestions.
Visiting Scientist Institute of Advanced Technology,
I REFER to the discussion by the chairman of the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority, Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman M
Malaysia's youth, well-fed and educated to secondary and tertiary levels
However, these export markets which are the engine of the economy are c
Today, as markets for our manufactured goods evaporate, rubber and palm oil exports cannot sustain its population, now 28 million and increasing at half a million per year. Rubber and palm oil account for only four per cent of our exports and without new wealth-creating, national industries, we will be thrown into abject poverty without jobs or the resources to buy imported food. Policymakers must listen once again to creative entrepreneurs like Ridley.
Livestock entrepreneur N. Yogendran has invented "Deep Tropical" sheep, goat and milk production. Animals with top genetics are flown in from Australia and housed in climate-controlled barns to prevent heat stress and tropical diseases. They are fed with fresh grass grown under a system that reduces feed costs by two thirds.
Architect Mazlin Ghazali has invented "Honeycomb Housing" as an environmentally-friendly, thermally-comfortable alternative to terrace houses and conventional apartments. All houses and units face a park, making small, friendly neighbourhoods where children can play safely outdoors. Consumer surveys by Universiti Putra Malaysia show that Honeycomb Housing is preferred by 94 per cent compared with terraces and normal apartments.
Building specialist Chou Kan Yin has invented a simple way of constructing houses without a reinforced concrete frame using his Lego-like interlocking load-bearing concrete blocks and floor panels. Houses and apartments can be constructed in half the time and Malaysian youth can be trained to largely replace the foreign building workforce. Once skilled, they can earn twice the pay of factory workers.
The combination of Chou's Industrialised Building System with Honeycomb Housing has brought down the cost of owning apartments, townhouses and double-storey cluster houses to the RM40,000 to RM180,000 range that UPM surveys have found to be affordable to the lower 80 per cent of the workforce. (See www.tslr.net.)
The adoption of these new high-tech Malaysian industries by Malaysia will internalise the economy, create millions of new well-paid jobs, provide every family with an affordable home and for the first time feed the whole population.
Salam Mohd Peter Davis,
My name is Rezan and I am a Malaysian PhD student here in Australia. I am doing work in material science. I saw your slides on your blog about Malaysia nuclear option and was very impressed.
I was wondering if I can get a copy of the slides below in Powerpoint format? I am also interested for Malaysia to go for peaceful nuclear energy. I was wondering if you setup mailing groups such as Yahoo Groups for Malaysia's nuclear energy option? I would like to join and support this initiative.
The nuclear renaissance in Malaysia and worldwide needs your generation to prepare yourselves to take over. You may like to join us in the Malaysian Nuclear Society, an NGO now 20 years old, with members mainly government nuclear scientists, engineers and other pro-nuclear professionals like me. This allows us to speak out responsibly in the national interest with one voice without government ‘permission’. I have attached the emails of the MNS office bearers and founding members are Dr Nahrul Khair (President) and Secretaries, Dr Aziz and Faridah Idris. We will be pleased to hear from you and your fellow postgraduates and undergraduates at NSW Uni and Sydney Uni.
You can start up a MNS chapter in Sydney. Who knows, you may even be able to influence the Ausies to go nuclear! They had all the necessary manpower and nuclear facilities to do in the 1960s early 1970s but were prevented, like Malaysia, from taking this hi-tech development path, mainly by the well funded 50 year anti-nuclear lying fear campaign led by the obscenely wealthy genocidalist, Britain's Prince Philip and his WWF and Greenpeace.
The MNS over the last several years in particular has led a public scientific education campaign in the media that has united the scientific community for a Nuclear Malaysia. I think it is fair to say that we have won the intellectual debate over the greenies. Our spirited MNS campaign resonated with the public, especially with the sudden and unavoidable 40% increase in petrol prices under the Badawi government. This woke up the public to the reality that Malaysia’s energy supply relied on imported coal and our fast depleting oil and gas reserves. We were able to show that the ‘alternative’ renewable energy Solar panels and giant windmills were scientifically and technologically incompetent for a modern society and in fact stupid, suitable perhaps for street lamps and camping on remote islands.
Electricity enabled Malaysia to develop and nuclear is seen now as the only sane choice to defend our electricity production. With cheap abundant nuclear generated electicity we can have plug in at home recharable electric cars and Maglev railway network connecting everywhere in peninninslar Malaysia within 90 minutes. Nuclear will spearhead a rapid hi-tech industrialisation.. The politicians have agreed so far and we are optimistic about Malaysia going nuclear. However, there are few scientists and engineers amongst them so do not underestimate our politicians ability to backslide under pressure from his Royal Highness and his WWF which emotionally influences the greenies and a large section of the Malaysian youth.
Our task is to properly educate the misguided youth so they can play a useful role in developing Malaysia, instead of holding back its development with false environmental campaigns. Without going nuclear will will not be able to protect the environment and stop species becoming extinct. In fact will be so short of food we be eating eveything that moves!
My Biosphere Technology website www.mohdpeterdavis.com serves not as an interactive blog for comments but as a friendly international resource base of scientific progress and inventions for a nuclear and scientific renaissance especially for Malaysia and poorer countries who want to follow our example.
So consider establishing a Sydney Nuclear blog as a chapter of the MNS to get a movement amongst particularly Malaysian postgraduates and undergraduates at NSW Uni and Sydney Uni. This may act as a magnet for Australian and Asian pro-nuclear students and be the basis for campus nuclear clubs. Students are hungry for scientific and technological development and with a collapsing world economy will play a leading patriotic role to develop their nations.
I have put you on my mailing list to Nuclear Colleagues.
When do you finish your PhD and what is your affiliation in Malaysia?
Emergency Food Production 21st Century Spring 2009
Malaysia's Deep Tropical Ruminant Production System Can Feed the World
Mohd Peter Davis1 and N.Yogendran2
Over the last 25 years the authors have independently sought to understand and overcome the biological limitations to animal production in the humid tropics. Despite its tiny population,
European-type grazing of animals in the Malaya/Malaysian humid tropics has a sorry history due to four basic biological problems that have proved extremely difficult to overcome by conventional farming methods (
- Poor productivity of temperate animals and cr osses with tropical animals in the humid tropics;
- Heat Stress;
- High tropical disease and parasite burden; and
- Poor nutrition from native grasses and high maintenance of improved pastures to keep out the jungle species
Research on intensive sheep production in raised wooden animal sheds at Universiti Putra Malaysia during 1989-1997 overcome these biological limitations and disease-free prime lambs were produced in 4 months solely on PKC (palm kernel cake) diets (Davis et al 1995; Davis and Zainur, 1995). However, in 1997 further progress at UPM in sheep self-sufficiency was halted. A grant application for a large scale prototype commercial sheep shed was rejected, along with most other agricultural research grants. Under free trade pressure from the World Trade Organisation,
Meanwhile, the second author (N. Yogendran) continued his self-funded entrepreneur farming system and developed a new standard of intensive farming for chickens, goats, sheep, dairy cows and pigs based on novel evaporatively cooled GIFT shelters (Yogendran, http://www.giftpharma.com.my).With the subsequent development of grass plantations supplying housed ruminants with highly nutritious cut grass, the groundbreaking Gift Farming System is becoming known internationally as the Deep Tropical ruminant production system (Davis 2008b).
MATERIALS and METHODS
The Deep Tropical ruminant production system simultaneously solves the four biological limitations to animal production in the humid tropics, by housing animals in cool-climate barns and hand feeding with a mixture of concentrates and young cut grass from all-year-round productive grass plantation. Grass is cheap to produce in humid tropical grass plantations and is only useful for ruminants, greatly reducing feed costs as the major expense in animal production. Instead of the 500 year long unsuccessful attempts to change the genetics of domestic animals to suit the hardships of the humid tropical environment, the environment itself is changed with climate housing to a summer Mediterranean climate which now suits all breeds of domestic animals in the world. This stunningly simple solution improves the health, nutrition and welfare of what we term happy domestic animals. By providing ruminants with ‘spring’ quality young cut grass the animals can perform to their full genetic potential, without limiting their feed intake due to heat stress or wasting feed energy by searching for nutritious grass or keeping warm. Now the most productive breeds of ruminants, selected over 10,000 years of artificial selection and several centuries of scientific selection in more temperate climates, can be air-freighted from disease-free temperate countries and mass produced in the humid tropics. A high level of bio-security can be maintained, similar to enclosed house chicken production since the ruminants, protected by vaccinations, are no longer exposed to the tropical diseases and parasites encountered by grazing animals. Now it is possible to replace backyard farming which threatens both the human food supply as well as human health, particularly with viral diseases such as bird flu crossing the species barrier (
Fatimah M.A. et al, 2007 in “50 Years of Malaysian Agriculture” UPM Press.