Urban Farm Guidelines, Community Garden Projects

Residents of Epoh, Perak, who are interested in doing urban farming or community gardening projects, can submit their applications to the City Council from October 1.

According to Epoh Mayor Datuk Rumazizi, the city council has now issued guidelines for these efforts.

He said the IOP City Council (MBI) hopes that the people, including those who have lost their jobs and their sources of income, will take advantage of this opportunity to improve their lives.

“Many people have lost their jobs and income as a result of the CVD-19 epidemic.

“Urban agriculture is one way we can help them, and it will add to the state’s economic resources,” he said after visiting an urban agricultural project at the foot of the Gunung Matsurat.

Rumaizi said the MBI’s Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Guidelines are in line with the Urban Community Agriculture Policy set by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

He said the urban farming guidelines were for large-scale farming and animal husbandry in or around the city.

“It is for large stations with at least 0.4 hectares.

“Among the areas approved for these projects are footpaths, river reservoirs, government forest land and city council land holdings,” he said.

“In terms of community gardening guidelines, the local community is managing small sites of less than 0.4 hectares.

“However, applicants must apply as a community, not individually.

Areas allowed for community gardening include the former mining pool, idle land and road storage, as well as newly constructed zones and conservation zones, he said.

The urban community’s agricultural policy was launched last month by former Minister of Housing and Environmental Affairs Datuk Zuraida Kamuruddin.

It is a guideline for controlling urban agriculture in the country.

Rumazizi said applications should be submitted to the MBI Urban Planning Department.

“We hope that with these guidelines we will create awareness and interest in agriculture.

“We hope that new areas will not be opened and that only the existing open spaces will be used,” he said.

He expressed hope that he would see more idle lands being developed for agriculture.

He added: “You can apply for legitimacy if you have already planted crops or created your own community garden on city council land.”

Rumazizi said the city council would visit public food courts on a case-by-case basis, especially considering the potential for improvement in areas of interest.

“We will see which food court has potential and can attract tourists. These will be improved, He said.

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