TO MATCH FEATURE ECONOMY-MALAYSIA-FARMING.
A farmer tends to his paddy field in Tanjung Karang, 100Km (60 miles) northwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur June 1, 2004. While many farmers saw their income grow just 10 percent in as many years, pay for skilled manufacturing workers rose more than twice as fast in half the time. Like other Asian exporters, Malaysia's agriculture sector slipped to the backburner as the country vied for foreign direct investment in manufacturing-for-exports. For 30 years after Malaysia won independence from British rule in 1957, its main economic drivers were palm oil, rubber and cocoa farming. Picture taken June 1, 2004. TO MATCH FEATURE ECONOMY-MALAYSIA-FARMING REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim