THE Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) is committed to promoting community farming on the mainland.
MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said this is important because the initiative is in line with the Penang2030 vision in creating a ‘Family-focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation’.
“Community farming initiative also is a kind of food security for the state and country.
“And as of now, there are 30 community farming projects that have been implemented in three districts in Seberang Perai.
“Of that number, 11 community farming projects have been initiated in north Seberang Perai, 12 in central Seberang Perai and seven in south Seberang Perai district,” Rozali said in his speech during the prize giving ceremony of urban farming programme at the MBSP headquarters building in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam today.
According to Rozali, community farming was a crucial aspect of the future as the benefits to society were manifold.
“We live in uncertain times and have witnessed the effects of disruption most acutely with the Covid-19 pandemic. We may yet encounter challenges such as interruptions to supply chains, loss of employment, and movement restrictions.
“Thus, a sustainable urban farming movement can enable communities to grow food independently, and potentially provide opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship and social cohesion,” he added.
Speaking about the programme today, Rozali said it has been conducted from Nov 15 until Nov 29 this year.
“It was jointly organised by MBSP, Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) and Women and Family Development Committee (JPWK).
“The main objective is to encourage the Seberang Perai residents to apply an urban farming through a ‘backyard farming’ or ‘balcony gardening’ concept in their house.
“In total, we managed to receive 22 entries. And we will continue to organise more of such programmes in the future,” he said.
Story by Riadz Akmal
Pix courtesy of Seberang Perai City Council