Malaysia: Stimulating urban farming in society

With the rising trend of urban farming amid the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more city folk have started to plant leafy greens at home. Despite the cramped and compact spaces common among high-rise residences, urban farming seems to fit in just well. 

Cityfarm co-founder Jayden Koay said the urban farming system allowed city dwellers to plant vegetables in small spaces at home. “While traditional farming often takes place in rural areas, the distance from these farms to the city can contribute to the loss of nutrients in the vegetables. The food degrades over long distances and prices would be high after factoring in the logistics of the vegetables. The solution to this is to bring the farm to the city, ” he said during the Urban Farm Festival in Central i-City shopping center.

Established in 2016, Cityfarm provides indoor and outdoor farming solutions, including vertical farming and hydroponics system for its customers. Aquaponics Hardware Asia (AHA) Sdn Bhd aquaponics consultant Yoon Wong said urban farming was a proven system that ensured food safety while reducing carbon footprint. “As the question of food security arises during this MCO (movement control order), people are more aware of what they put on their plates, ” she said.

The company that now offers aquaponic systems is coming up with a mini aquaponics set for city folk. “However, urban farming is still a niche market. There are many people who want to try out the system but are afraid they cannot handle it. We are happy to educate the masses at this Urban Farm festival, ” she added. “Currently, we are in talks with five farmers across 29ha of land to combine and create a hub to help farmers grow and sell vegetables commercially, said director Sim Chee Kong, with Urban Roots Agritech. 

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