Malaysia firm says high-tech farms can help poor

Associated Press
Malaysia firm says high-tech farms can help poor

In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2012, a worker checks her plant in a plant nursery, using technology called the "autopot system" at a rural community in Pulau Manis village, Pahang state, Malaysia. Malaysian technology firm Iris Corp. built two years ago this rural community where villagers - 80 families in all - live for free in low-cost bungalows and work on a high-tech hydroponic farm, a setup the company hopes to replicate elsewhere. The government is now involved in a plan to build similar villages across this Southeast Asian country, where nearly one of 10 people in rural provinces lives below the official poverty line. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

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