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MR269; Malaysia New Padi Variety

MR 269

In conjunction with the launching of the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro-Tourism International Show (MAHA International 2012) and the National Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen Day 2012 at the Malaysian Agricultural Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS), Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, launched a new padi variety MR 269 on 24th November 2012.

MR 269; Malaysia’s New Padi Variety

MR 269 is a new variety which has a better resistance against the leaf blast disease and pests in order to boost Malaysia’s rice production.  It’s said that MR 269 is possible to produce 9.9 MT per hectare.

MR 269 variety was a new strain developed by Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) which was suitable on land in the various rice bowl areas.

MR 269 rice




Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) is a warm season, short-day, annual herbaceous plant originated from west Africa which has been cultivated since around 4000 B.C. Kenaf belongs to the Malvaceae, a family notable for both its economic and horticultural importance. In different parts of the world, kenaf has many other names such as mesta (India, Bengal), stockroot (south Africa), Java jute (Indonesia), and ambari (Taiwan), etc.

Kenaf has a high growth rate, rising to heights of 12-18 feet in about 4-5 month. Its yield of 6-10 tons (new varieties may reach 12 ton) of dry weight per acre per year are generally 3-5 times greater than the yield for Southern pine trees which can take from 7 years to reach harvestable size.

The fibers from kenaf can be classified into bast fibers which is about 35% the stalk dry weight and core fibers which comprises about 65% of the stalk dry weight.

Natural plant fibers are being increasingly used in manufacturing industrial products because of their renewable and biodegradable natures. Natural fiber-based products have been seen in industries like automotive, paper, construction, environmental cleaning, transforpation, and food, etc.

Following list some examples of products made from natural/kenaf plant fibers:
•  biofuel
•  paper pulp
•  automotile interior panels
•  composite with PP in polymer industry
•  fibreglass substitute
•  textile composite
•  animal bedding
•  particle board
•  industrial absorbent materials
•  soil-less potting mixes
•  animal forage
•  packing material
•  organic filler for plastics

Despite its commercial and environmental advantages, the kenaf paper industry is as yet undeveloped. Due to significant industry start-up costs, smaller economies of scale and government subsidies to the pulp, paper and timber industries, kenaf paper is more expensive than virgin wood-based papers.

The global demand for natural fibers is increasing due to a greater demand for cleaner and greener industrial products.  Companies like TOYOTA, NEC, and MATSUSHITA, to name just few – use Kenaf fibers in their advanced product lines.


Latest HONDA Runs on Hydrogen, not Petroleum

Latest Hinda runs on Hydrogen not petroleum

On Monday 16 June 2008, Honda Motor celebrated the start of production of its FCX Clarity, the world’s first hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle intended for mass production. In a ceremony at a factory an hour north of Tokyo, the first assembly-line FCX Clarity rolled out to the applause of hundreds of Honda employees wearing white jump suits.

Honda will make just 200 of the futuristic vehicles over the next three years, but said it eventually planned to increase production volumes, especially as hydrogen filling stations became more common……

Latest HONDA runs on hydrogen not petroleum

Read more here….. Latest Honda runs on hydrogen not petroleum


Farmers in Mali benefited from Jatropha Curcas Planting

Jatropha Curcas Planting

Suleiman Diarra Banani is now growing Jatropha Curcas on his family farm in Koulikoro, Mali


Farmers in Koulikoro, Mali could double their income by involves in Jatropha Curcas planting scheme.  A plant called Jatropha Curcas is being hailed by scientists and policy makers as a potentially ideal source of biofuel.  By planting a row of Jatropha Curcas for every seven rows of regular crops, the farmers could double his income on the field in the first year and lose none of their usual yield from his field.


Jatropha Curcas PlantingOne the farmers participated in this scheme is Suleiman Diarra Banani.  His relative said that the poisonous black seeds dropping from the seemingly worthless weed that had grown around his family farm for decades now could be used to run a generator, or even a car.  Until now Jatropha Curcas plant used as a natural fence between rows of their regular crops — edible millet, peanuts, corn and beans.


Countries like India, China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are starting huge plantations, betting that Jatropha will help them to become more energy independent and even export biofuel.


                   Jatropha Curcas Planting     Jatropha Curcas Planting


But here in Mali, one of the poorest nations on earth, a number of small-scale projects aimed at solving local problems — the lack of electricity and rural poverty.