AN URBAN farming project at the Tun Razak Library in Ipoh is bearing fruit.
The project, initiated by the Ipoh City Council in February, had initially used traditional farming methods.
In a statement, the city council said officers and personnel from the library took up the challenge put forward by mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.
He had encouraged urban farming in a move towards making Ipoh a greener, sustainable city.
Library staff can harvest the vegetables from the project for free amid the Covid-19 pandemic and challenging times.
To expand the project, the library management received help last month from Perak State Agriculture Development Corporation, which taught ways to carry out hydroponic farming technology using solar power.
With the corporation’s help, the library personnel now have a wider farming area. They rely on both traditional farming and hydroponic methods at the premises, the statement said.
The leafy vegetables planted include kailan and spinach while chilli and ginger are also being grown.
The city council said the project would also help create awareness of the importance of urban farming.