Halimah: RM30mil allocated for community gardens nationwide

SERDANG: The National Unity Ministry plans to set up community gardens (Kebuniti) nationwide, says its Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique (pic).

Towards this end, a memorandum of understanding would be signed with the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry and the relevant Neighbourhood Residential Community (Kawasan Rukun Tetangga or KRT) on Sunday (Aug 7).

Halimah thanked the agro ministry for the smart partnership between the KRT to promote unity among the people.

"There are 8,330 KRT nationwide, so we want to establish a food programme like having vegetable gardens that also can be sold around the neighbourhood.

"We have set aside a RM30mil allocation for this initiative. Perhaps others can also join in the programme.

"The Kebuniti will be focused at flats in urban areas and we will also work together with local councils on these projects," she told the press here on Sunday (Aug 7).

She said they had also identified the KRT that would be involved in the initiative.

Earlier Halimah launched "Miracle Garden" at the Agro-Food Floriculture Courtyard in conjunction with the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro-tourism Exhibition (Maha) 2022 here at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).

The concept behind the garden showcased a unique landscape of floral combinations that were freshly edible with a smart farming aspect that could be enjoyed by visitors.

The 0.6ha courtyard is filled with 15,000 floral trees from different genus and species with aesthetic and exotic morphology and characters.

The vibrant and functional layout of the plants have unique and productive ethnobotany functions symbolising the uniqueness of Keluarga Malaysian (Malaysian Family) consisting of various religions, races and cultures.

Also present at the launch were Agriculture and Food Industries deputy ministers Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah and Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh.

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