RM30mil set aside for community gardens

Unique landscape: Halimah launching the Agro-Food Floriculture courtyard Miracle Garden at MAEPS, Serdang. — SAMUEL ONG/ The Star

SERDANG: An allocation of RM30mil has been set aside to set up community gardens (Kebuniti) nationwide, says National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique.

Towards this end, she said a memorandum of understanding would be signed with the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (Mafi) and relevant Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT).

Halimah thanked Mafi for the smart partnership with 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, with the produce being sold in the neighbourhood.

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

“The Kebuniti will focus on flats in urban areas and we will also work together with local councils on such projects,” she told the press at the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro-tourism Exhibition (Maha 2022).

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

Earlier, Halimah launched the Agro-Food Floriculture courtyard Miracle Garden at the exhibition held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).

The garden showcased a unique landscape of floral combinations.

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 the Malaysian Family consisting of various religions, races and cultures.

This site also presents faunal elements with splashes of water that provide a balanced ecosystem to improve a more sustainable environmental biodiversity.

There are eight elements of the courtyard including Rainbow Garden, Vertical Garden, Sunflower Garden, Tropical Garden, Petunia Garden, Orchid Garden, Urban Garden and English Garden.

Halimah said a lot could be learned from Maha 2022 besides the exhibitions.

“I learnt a lot at this event, where I saw fruits that I had never seen before,” she added.

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

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