Orchard project in Taman Lestari Perdana gains support from residents

Going green: Mohamed Hanipa (fourth from left) watering a fruit tree he had planted after launching the community orchard programme in Taman Lestari Permai. With him are Mardi Seed and Planting Material Production unit head Mohd Shaib Jaafar (fifth from left) and ABNxcess president and CEO Sreedar Subramaniam (sixth from left).

RESIDENTS of Taman Lestari Permai, Seri Kembangan. will get to enjoy the fruits of their labour when the fruit trees they have grown mature within the next year.

Some 250 fruit trees will be planted around the neighbourhood that encompasses 22.7 ha and 568 houses, under a community orchard programme with the local authority.

These include mango, guava, ciku, soursop, jackfruit, rambutan, kedondong and mangosteen trees, which will be planted at playgrounds and open spaces or along reserve land.

The programme, organised under the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) initiative, involved the Taman Lestari Perdana Residents Association, Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi).

Taman Lestari Perdana Residents Association chairman Abu Bakar Ibrahim said the idea for the community orchard was raised by the residents.

“We will also handle care and maintenance.

“Every family has been assigned to care for one tree, so they will care for the plant nearest to their home,” he said.

Mardi will provide support in terms of guidance and garden-ing advice.

The community orchard programme is aimed at encouraging local food production and community-based agriculture.

The organisers hoped to create awareness on the importance of caring for your health and environment, and strengthening ties among residents and the council.

Sepang MP Mohamed Hanipa Maidin said the LA21 agenda was a programme for the community, private and government sectors to plan and manage their surroundings towards a more sustainable and higher quality of life.

“Sustainable development refers to a process where economic development is balanced with social and environmental needs.

“This project by the Taman Lestari Permai residents is a proactive step towards encouraging community participation and increasing knowledge and awareness on the environment,” said Hanipa after launching the programme last weekend.

He hopes the programme can be extended to other areas in Sepang.

MPSepang Management Services Department director Nor Suhaila Saat said the programme in Taman Lestari Permai was the second of such initiative under MPSepang.

“The first programme was held last year in Taman Arked, Dengkil.

“About 100 fruit trees were planted at a buffer zone near Paya Indah Wetlands.

“MPSepang has identified Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi as the site for next year’s project,” she said.

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