TAN SIEW LUANG, MS
|ADDRESS||17 Jln. SS2/53, 47300 Petaling Jaya, MALAYSIA|
|Since 1986||Coordinator, Organic Farming Project||Centre for Environment, Technology & Development, Malaysia (CETDEM)|
|Graduated from Asian Rural Institute, Japan, an Institute that trains Leadership for rural development including organic farming. Upon her return in mid 1985 she joined CETDEM as an Organic Farming Project Coordinator in 1986.
Together with CETDEM, she pioneered organic farming in Malaysia when it set up its first organic farm in Subang New Village, Selangor in 1986 and subsequently moved to Sg. Buloh village in 1988, and currently promoting organic farming in different parts of the country. She had worked as an organic farmer for 10 years.
During those formative years she had the opportunity to attend /present papers in numerous sponsored seminars and workshops on organic farming in various countries, aside on sponsored study field visits to organic farms and organic markets overseas including India, Philippine, UK, Holland and Germany, Japan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. She has also provided training on organic farming techniques to the farmers in Thailand in early 1990, and was also one of the organisers and resource persons for the Training the Trainers 4 countries workshop in 1998 in Philippine and 1999 in Thailand. She had also conducted organic farming courses to the Iban farmers including women farmers in Sarawak.
Under CETDEM she promotes organic farming in different parts of the country through publication of books and VCD in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia (based on her 10 years hands-on experiences) and internal newsletter, gives public talks and demonstrations on composting and organic gardening/farming to entities both in public and private sectors, organises National Seminars on Organic matters, and National Exhibitions on Organic & Natural Products, Hari Organik, Farmer Corner, conducts Organic Farming/Kitchen Gardening courses. She was also responsible for compiling the Malaysian Organic Guide.