KUANTAN The Urban Farming Programme (PPB) has received encouraging response from individuals and small groups who are interested to grow short-term crops, said Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.
He said the encouraging response in gardening would also help strengthen the bond among members of the urban community.
“I have received applications personally and some of them contacted my office asking how to participate. This shows that the programme is really close to the people’s heart.
“I hope those who are interested will submit their application before July 31 because the ministry has to distribute the allocation for urban farming programme under the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) in two years period,” he told reporters after visiting the Kampung Padang Jaya urban farm here today.
At the event, Kiandee also announced a RM50,000 allocation for the village community to help them continue with the programme.
A total of RM10 million has been allocated under PENJANA for the implementation of the programme, which includes agriculture equipment assistance such as fertilisers and seeds, as well as farming consultations.
It is expected to benefit 800 communities and attract 12,000 new applicants.
To date, there are 124,988 urban farming participants in 5,065 locations nationwide.
The PBB aims to encourage individuals and communities to venture into farming and grow their own food to fulfill their daily needs besides generating extra income.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency