City council coaches residents on community gardens


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020

Rumaizi (centre) speaking to some of the participants at the community garden training programme organised by Ipoh City Council.

Ipoh City Council organised a community garden training programme to encourage urban farming.

The event, held at the city council building, was attended by more than 80 members of residents associations.

“Although the event was held for just a day, it managed to create awareness and enhance the skills of participants to take up urban farming.

“The programme also helped strengthen the relationship between the council and community to work as a team to address issues of urban well-being and development, as well as to cultivate a sustainable and healthy lifestyle,” said the city council in a statement.

During the closing ceremony, Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said he hoped the programme would inspire participants to take up vertical farming in their respective areas.

He said the aim of the programme was to provide information on abandoned land and ways on how these areas could be utilised to operate community gardens through various approaches.

“Besides, community gardens can help residents grow their own vegetables as well as save trees from being chopped down and forests from being cleared for farming.

“It is better to use abandoned land and buildings for urban farming, and this will help improve the socio-economy of the local community, just like what is being done in Taiwan,” he added. — By MANJIT KAUR

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