THE success of the community garden has prompted the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) to consider approving more applicants.
MBSA farming officer Mohd Nazrol Mohd Fauzi said they needed to fulfil several conditions.
“We only accept applications made through residents representative bodies on council land that is not being used,” he said.
Mohd Nazrol said both the Section 20 and Section 24 Setia farms fulfilled the criteria.
The lot in Section 24 Setia was unutilised green space while the Jalan Tuntung Section 20 was reserved for MBSA staff quarters.
“Since we are not using those plots at the moment, the council decided to allow residents to put them to good use.
“However, the residents must vacate the land should the council need it,” said Mohd Nazrol.
The project was launched in June 2016 with each farm receiving RM14,000 to start as part of the council’s green initiatives, which include achieving Low Carbon City status by 2030.
“The farm in Section 24, however, started a year earlier and is considered the pioneer.”
Farms that are not as successful, including two in U5 and Section 7, are being tended to by staff from MBSA until the residents can manage them on their own.
Mohd Nazrol said MBSA staff decided to plant vegetables and low-maintenance plants so the funding allocated would not go to waste.
“We cannot blame the residents because not many people have spare time to tend to community gardens daily,” he added.
MBSA farms have been gaining recognition such as at the Malaysia Agriculture, Horticul-ture and Agrotourism Inter-national Show that is held once every two years.
The council organises Mini Clean Zone contests as well to encourage residents to continue farming.