Malaysian mall visitors enouraged to start farming

Urban farming involving local communities is a much-talked-about topic among Klang Valley folk. As more and more community and urban farms emerge in the city, shopping centers in Klang Valley are jumping on the bandwagon to showcase urban farms set up within their premises.

Some malls are planning to transform underutilized space into urban farms. Taking up 2,100 sq. ft., Quayside Mall by Gamuda Land in Kota Kemuning, Selangor, started its farm called Farm by the Quay in the shopping complex last December.

Gamuda Leasing, Retail and Malls director Tan Kim Whatt said the idea behind the farm was to encourage people to do their own farming. “It goes in line with the company’s core values to encourage a sustainable environment,” he said, adding that the company had the vision to promote sustainable living. “Through this urban farm within the mall, we hope to spread awareness of its importance to visitors.

“The aim behind this initiative is to show them that it is not difficult to farm with the system that we have. In the long run, it will benefit generations to come,” said Tan when met at the urban farm.

Farm by the Quay, he added, created an internal and external integration with the mall in Twentyfive.7, an integrated township at the edge of Kota Kemuning, Selangor. “Within the mall, we encourage our tenants, usually restaurants, to adopt the farm-to-table practice by buying products from the urban farms. Aside from ensuring the freshness of the vegetables, restaurants also take only what they can sell, which reduces food wastage." 

Havva Agrotech farm and product director Teoh Shu Hua said Havva stood for the various urban farming techniques, namely, hydroponics, aeroponics, vermiponics, vertical farming and aquaculture.

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