Selangor Agricultural Development Corporation (PKPS) has appointed Pitch@Selangor 2019 alumni Havva Agrotech Sdn Bhd to build the first rooftop urban farming facility in Shah Alam, Malaysia.

The hydroponic and urban farming startup is set to construct the 3,000sq ft facility at Wisma PKPS immediately.

State industry and trade committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim welcomed PKPS' decision to venture into a new area of agriculture. “This is indeed a step towards innovation, in line with Selangor’s ambition to become a smart state,” he said after witnessing the signing ceremony for the collaboration between PKPS and Havva.

PKPS chief executive officer Dr. Mohamad Khairil Mohamad Razi said the corporation looked forward to witnessing the first urban rooftop farming facility in Shah Alam. “This tie-up will showcase a new and modern urban farming method that will potentially increase productivity while maintaining a sustainable cultivation system.

“We are committed to growing a partnership ecosystem for technology collaboration such as this, as we believe this is the key to maximizing value and enhancing the economic vitality of smart farming projects, especially in Selangor,” he added.

Meanwhile, Havva chief executive officer Philip Loo thanked Sidec for being the matchmaker in the joint venture between Havva and PKPS. “This rooftop farm is the last piece of the puzzle in our Urban Farming Blueprint. “We are confident that the success of this project will benefit many agropreneurs in Malaysia soon,” he added.

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