CAP is conducting a Training on Urban Garden without chemical at its premises 10, Jalan Masjid Negeri on 18 June 2016 from 9am-11.30am. Live demo on converting kitchen waste into fertilizers, making of growth promoters for plants, pot mixture and valuable gardening tips will be shared during training. Participation through registration only. SMS or …

Chemical-Free Sustainable Farming is the Way Forward

Speech by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, President of Consumers’ Association of Penang on 26 May 2016 in Penang.

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ahmad Zakaria bin Mohamad Sidek

Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia

Encik Azahar bin Haji Ibrahim

Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Negeri Pulau Pinang

Saudara-saudari sekalian.

I deeply appreciate everyone present here today for sparing your time to join us in welcoming the Director General of Agriculture’s visit to learn about CAP’s sustainable farming project.

We thank all teachers, students, farmers from Penang, Kedah and Perak who are here today and who have been actively involved in CAP’s sustainable farming projects all these years.  We also have strong support from the public and media who has been highlighting our farming ventures.  Thank you all.

Minister of Agriculture launches CAP’s Urban Farming Project

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based industry, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, launches the CAP Urban Agriculture Project

Impetus Needed for Urban Farming

Speech by CAP President, SM Mohd Idris at the launch

Urban farming is fast picking up all over the world, be it done individually or in a community setting. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls upon the government of Malaysia to support communities and individuals to move towards the path of urban farming.

City and suburban agriculture is in the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. It is reported that around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas.

Better Understanding of Beneficial Insects Vital for Sustainable Agriculture

by N. Selvam*

Pesticide use is rampant in Malaysian farms to the extent that almost all beneficial insects are wiped off from the field. A visit to several farms and further discussion with Malaysian farmers revealed the sordid condition of Malaysian farms. Farmers here resort to pesticide to get rid of pest problems.

Due to farmers’ ignorance on the significance of beneficial insects, they spray pesticides in their field which leads to the perishing of beneficial insects together with the pests.