For want of rice: Sarawak's attempts at rice self-sufficiency during the period of Brooke rule, 1841-1941

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Author: Ooi Keat Gin
Date: Mar. 1998
From: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies(Vol. 29, Issue 1)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 7,545 words

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In Sarawak under the Brooke regime, efforts to promote rice cultivation were consistently overshadowed by the channelling of capital and labour to other more profitable economic pursuits. Measures to increase domestic rice output produced few results, and the failure of Brooke rice policy was amply demonstrated when the country faced a severe rice crisis in 1919-21. However, the lessons learnt during the crisis were soon forgotten, and despite government policies designed to reduce Sarawak's dependence on imported rice, little was accomplished during the next two decades.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A21174527