When one is looking at farming land in the country, there is a substantial increase in agricultural land in Malaysia since the 1960s. In 2018, the farmland area for Malaysia was 85,710 sq. km. The farmland area of Malaysia increased from 37,559 sq. km in 1969 to 85,710 sq. km in 2018 growing at an average annual rate of 1.72%. Data & chart source: World Bank
The State of Kelantan seems to be having a huge problem converting raw river water into clean drinking water to end consumers that meet international standards. However, this is not a question of luxury but a necessity given the demands of the growing population. It is a basic need of everyone. This is why it is very important to plan & manage these natural resources well.
Image source: Ahmed, Minhaz & Mokhtar, Mazlin & Alam, Lubna & Mohamed, Che Abd Rahim & Choo Ta, Goh. (2019). Non-carcinogenic Health Risk Assessment of Aluminium Ingestion Via Drinking Water in Malaysia. Exposure and Health. 11. 10.1007/s12403-019-00297-w.
A year ago when we were facing water disruptions due to pollutions, I wrote that we need to treat water pollution as a terrorist attack. Think about it – there is no difference between water polluter pollutes the river that disrupts water supply to millions of household and terrorists who poison the rivers to endanger innocent lives. Photo by Lum3n from Pexels