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Malaysia: Price Of Vegetables on the Rise, More Urban Farming Taking Place

Councillor Awang Ibrahim said that with a little funding, some 80 residents were encouraged to turn an abandoned plot of land into an edible garden.

By Brian Martin
The Star
Jan 12

Excerpt:

StarMetro recently featured an article on the Community Garden in Section 24 Setia, Shah Alam.

The garden has become the passion of a group of retirees who started it two years ago with help from the Shah Alam City Council. Today, the urban farm in the heart of Selangor’s capital is a lush, self-sustaining project, thanks to the hard work and love they have put in.

In Johor Baru, residents of the Jasa flats are starting to harvest the vegetables they planted less than a year ago. The urban agriculture programme was an idea mooted by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin. Residents were provided seed money by the state government to start off their urban farms, and all they needed to do was to put in the extra hours to till the soil.

In both these cases, the fruits and vegetables harvested are consumed by the community themselves, lessening the burden of paying for increasingly high prices of these items.

But just how do you start growing your own vegetables? Trial and error and lots of patience. If you’re an urbanite like me, starting an edible garden can be a rather messy task. Googling a step-by-step guide does help, but you should also speak to the local nursery owner when you purchase seedlings. They can advise you on how much sunlight, water and fertiliser are required for your plants.

Read the complete article here.