CAMERON HIGHLANDS: There will be another attraction for visitors here when an agro-technology park is opened on June 14.
Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) director-general Datuk Dr Saharan Anang said the Mardi park was expected to be launched by the Sultan of Pahang.
“As the prime research and agricultural development institution, Mardi also gives support to national socio-economic development through the agricultural sector and this objective is fulfilled through the development of agricultural parks and agro-tourism centres,” he added.
The park covers 42ha and contains many species of temperate crops and also 40 varieties of roses, six of anthuriums, 10 of strawberries, four each of apple, pear and persimmon and 100 citrus fruits.
Dr Saharan told reporters and tourist guides – who were given a preview of the facilities – that the park was created based on the concepts of education, recreation and preservation of heritage.
Visitors will be able to learn about research on highland agriculture using high technology, enjoy the beauty of nature, and realise the heritage left in the oldest research station in the country.
The park is divided into six main components – the English Garden, Herb Garden, Orchid Garden, Rose Garden, research centre and a visitor’s information centre.
A quaint feature of the English Garden is the presence of two units that are designed to look like English cottages that visitors will be able to rent for stays.
An added attraction for visitors in future will be a tour of the oldest tea-processing mill in the country and a look at the oldest tea plantation in Malaysia which was opened here in 1926.
The park will be open seven days a week from 8.30am to 7pm and visitors will be charged a nominal entrance fee.
The park is the first of three to be opened by Mardi.
The others will be located in Serdang, Selangor (expected to be opened by the end of the year) and in Kluang, Johor.