Council grows own vegetable garden

Abd Hamid checking out the plants at MPSepang headquarters.

TO encourage the use of the latest technology at community gardens in the municipality, Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) started its own vegetable garden at its headquarters in Cyberjaya.

MPSepang president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain said the council had been encouraging residents to cultivate community gardens since 2017.

He said that with the available innovations for gardeners such as hydroponic, aquaponic and fertigation systems now, community gardeners could adopt these techniques to produce better yields.

“We decided to start our own vegetable garden with the latest technology at a 334sq m area and launched the project, which we call ‘My Office My Farm’, on Jan 6.

“Physical work to set up the infrastructure and a pergola started on Oct 21 last year and was completed within a month.

“Planting was done between November and December.

“There are about 20 types of vegetables, including celery, cucumber, spinach, brinjal, lemongrass, ginger, ladies’ fingers and a variety of chillies and beans,” he said.

He added that the initiative was supported by the Selangor Agriculture Department, Sepang district agriculture department, Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry, state Economic Planning Unit and private sector firms.

Abd Hamid said success of the garden was in the knowledge, commitment of the members and strategic partnerships with agencies and private companies.

“Leading by example must be made a priority at every level in organisations.

“Marketing techniques will also be highlighted, to ensure produce from the gardens can be sold directly to end buyers, which is an important aspect in controlling prices.

“When every community has a garden, the produce can be sold back to the local community,” he said.

“Besides inculcating the gardening culture in offices, the project will also help to reduce carbon emission, increase oxygen and produce food,” he added.

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