Promotion of urban agriculture
CHMAGE and pay cuts due to the Covid-19 pandemic and movement restrictions since last year have pushed more city dwellers to find ways to keep going.
One way is to grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in empty spaces, small plots of land, and even in containers placed on balconies.
Ordinary people see this as a whole new way to deal with their financial difficulties and even to generate profits.
Over the past 16 months, urban farming has transformed the minds and lives of many who have embraced the green wave that sees people reap the rewards of enjoying food grown in their neighborhood.
In fact, urban farms produce some of the tastiest crops and have a good harvest.
Take Kamarulzaman Masri for example.
The father of two gave up gardening for over a decade after moving to Sri Ayu Flats in Klang.
However, the coronavirus has changed its mind to motivate its neighbors to plant a variety of produce while staying at home due to OLS.
Urban agriculture has found its place among the people.
This is largely due to the Laman Hijau Strata 2.0 program of the Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS).
People have reconnected to farming to grow food for themselves.
This green wave has the potential to create economic opportunities for the B40 income group.
Motivating those who live in strata properties to engage in urban agriculture, deputy director of LPHS’s buildings management unit, Nor Hanizan Sahib, said the board has distributed around 10 000 RM to residents to obtain seeds and agricultural tools, in addition to organizing training.
Even the agriculture department in Selangor has bent down to guide novice farmers wanting to compost.
Currently, at least 12 strata properties in Hulu Selangor, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang, and Kajang are involved in Laman Hijau Strata 2.0.
Housewives have found urban farms to be convenient and affordable.
More and more city dwellers have turned to urban agriculture, as going outdoors and into nature has been shown to help reduce stress in addition to having easy access to fresh vegetables, fruits and vegetables. herbs.
This sparked a lot of discussion about best gardening practices, resource sharing, and collaboration with other growers.
Nor Hanizan notes that urban farms create wonderful benefits for the community, such as reduced waste, increased organic gardening options, and recycling efforts that send less waste to landfill.
Over time, urban farming in several apartments without elevators encourages community bonds and lowers the temperature of the surrounding air in warm weather.
Covid-19 gave us a break to reflect on the importance of local urban green spaces for food culture as MCO and Laman Hijau Strata pushed people to be self-reliant.