BAGAN DATUK: Those who enjoy the sight of sunflowers in vast plantations no longer have to leave the country and can enjoy the same experience in Bagan Datuk.
A 0.8ha farm located in Bagan Sungai Burung has more than 2,000 sunflowers (scientific name Helianthus annuus).
Farm owner Khor Weng Kiang, 46, said almost 400 visited daily to take pictures with the giant sunflower plants and enjoying other activities such as feeding fishes and ducks.
He, his elder sister and five other friends set up the farm last year.
The farm is open daily from 9am to 7pm and the entrance fee ranges from RM5 to RM13 according to age.
“We had the idea to open this farm after seeing tourists who like to take pictures with sunflowers growing by the roadside as backdrop.
“So, from there, we see the sunflower plant has its own attraction and we want this farm to be a new tourist location in Bagan Datuk, ” he said yesterday.
Because the sunflower plants only live for a short period of time, Khor has to plant them in three lots to ensure the farm does not run out of sunflowers and disappoint visitors.
“Actually, sunflower seeds are very cheap. But the cost of caring for the plants is very high because the plants are easily damaged by insects and need optimum care, ” he said.
His farm is also an ideal location for newlyweds to take photos.
Normila Jufri, 48, who hails from Kuala Selangor, said she was willing to drive for almost three hours to take her 15-year-old daughter to the farm after seeing pictures of it on social media.
“Indeed, I wanted to go to a sunflower farm like this in Bangkok, Thailand, for a long time now but the situation does not permit it.
“So when I saw a farm like this in Bagan Datuk, I felt excited.
“This place is really beautiful, full of big sunflowers.
“Many people look happy and I am very satisfied, ” said the insurance agent. — Bernama
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