Malaysia: Going beyond urban farming: integrating farming with recreation

It was not that long ago when Tony Yong and Emil Jihad, business partners in the food and beverage industry, made the decision to further work together on an urban farming project in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.

Their first venture was on the rooftop of One Utama Shopping Centre. It was subsequently relocated to an area in between the Avanté Hotel and Shell petrol station in Bandar Utama called Utama Farm.

At the opening of Utama Farm, the guests of honor were Petaling Jaya mayor Mohamad Azhan Md Azmir, Bandar Utama assemblyman Jamaliah Jamaluddin, and Bandar Utama City Corporation Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok.

Jamaliah, who is passionate about the lifestyle and general health of the community, said: “The kebun (farming) community helps increase the quality of life and teaches people how urban farming is conducted.

“They can try growing vegetables in their backyard and eat healthy. Utama Farm is a good example, as it integrates farming with recreation in an ecological environment that suits the family and community.


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