Future is sustainable farming

Seth Akmal

THE residents of Bukit Subang started on a sustainable-community project soon after the movement-control order (MCO) came into force on March 18 because of Covid-19. 

The SC project appears more relevant than ever following the spike in recent daily Covid-19 cases and its economic fallout.

Despite living in an urban area, a group of youngsters set up a small-scale hydroponics farm in two weeks at the Melor apartment to educate society on SC.

Muhammad Asyraf Azizi, 24 says “The project has been well received by residents and I hope it will spark the idea of more community farms.”

Residents at the nearby Melati apartments set up a 0.4ha fertigation farm in 2017, growing eggplant, red pepper, cabbage and bitter melon. The farm is funded by Sime Darby Property Berhad and Shah Alam City Council.

According to residents’ association chairman Mohd Tarmizi Anuar, 55 the crops are sold at 50% lower than market price and the profits channelled back into RA’s account.

The farm is not to generate profit but to ease the financial burden of residents, he says.

In another area after the recovery MCO came into force, residents at Denai Alam utilised idle space at the mosque nearby their homes to grow an organic farm.

Pests are a major obstacle in an organic farm and so most of the housewives monitor the farm twice a day to ensure it remains pest-free and the soil acidity is in good condition. – October 12, 2020.




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