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EL NINO caused havoc this year but La Nina, the colder cousin that follows, has failed to live up to dire predictions.

La Nina had been forecast to decimate crops across the Pacific region. But Malaysia has said it has only experienced moderate crop damage so far to its rubber and palm-oil plantations. Cocoa crops escaped virtually unscathed, an early Christmas present for farmers who endured a three- month drought earlier in the year.