Govt padi seed scheme yields debts, poor harvests for farmers

Zaim Ibrahim

Azhar Hashim stars in the documentary ‘Petani bukan pemalas’, which seeks to expose the exploitation of padi farmers. – The Malaysian Insight pic, December 9, 2020.

A GOVERNMENT programme to supply farmers with rice seeds has shackled the growers to a monopoly, forcing them into debt from having to pay higher prices for grains of lower quality, a documentary revealed.

“Petani bukan pemalas” (Farmers are not lazy), directed by activist Nur Fitri Amir Muhammad, follows the life of farmer Azhar Hashim in Bagan Serai, Perak, who recounts the problems with Skim Benih Padi Sah (SBPS).

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