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Category: Natural Farming EN

Urban Garden Training

CAP is organising an "Urban Garden Training" for public who are keen in practicing own gardening. The training includes demonstration on converting kitchen waste into compost, pot mixtures and techniques of growing vegetables. It will be held on 12th March 2016, 8.45am till 11.30am at CAP office, 10 Jalan Masjid Negeri, Penang. Only limited number of people is allowed for the training. Kindly...
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Minister of Agriculture launches CAP’s Urban Farming Project

Impetus Needed for Urban Farming Speech by CAP President, SM Mohd Idris at the launchUrban 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...
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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,...
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Poisoning the World with Pesticides: Dawn of the Second “Silent Spring”

A survey by the Consumers’ Association of Penang’s reveals that pesticides are still widely used in farms, threatening our natural ecosystems and farm environment. As consumers, we should not only be concerned of pesticide residues on the food we eat, but also pesticides’ widespread contamination and poisoning of the world. Pesticides use is expanding in most regions of the...
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Natural Farming for Sustainable Living

Workshop on Natural Farming for Sustainable Living Organised by Consumers’ Association of Penang 21 November 2013 at RECSAM, Penang Welcome remarks by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, President, Consumers’ Association of Penang. Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen, It is my great pleasure to have the opportunity to welcome you all to this “Workshop on Natural Farming for...
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Speech by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, CAP President at the launching of CAP’s guidebook on Home Nutrition Garden, 18 May 2013.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the home garden is traditionally a very important piece of land for rural households. But as our country developed and became more urbanised these backyard or kitchen gardens took a back seat, forgetting its potential for improving household food security and supply of nutrition. Home nutrition gardening can enhance food security in several ways. Families would have direct...
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Why organic farming?

Organic agriculture is a food production management system, which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, soil nutrient cycles and soil biological activity. It emphasizes on the use of local management practices while taking into account the fact that regional conditions require locally adapted systems. Organic farming integrates biodiversity and soil conservation,...
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Study the effects of direct seeding

CAP urges the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and relevant agencies to review the effects of the direct seeding system practised by paddy farmers in this country so as to ensure higher yield in the future. In a survey conducted by CAP, we found that the direct seeding method in paddy cultivation has caused many problems to farmers although admittedly it is not labour intensive and...
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Agricultural, home and health solutions at CAP’s Go Natural Fair 2011

Welcome to the Consumers’ Association of Penang’s “Go Natural Fair” 2011. From 9 to 11 December at the Botanic Gardens, Penang, we will hold a three-day fair to introduce to you life sustaining techniques and methods for organic produce and home solutions for your gardens and your personal health for a greener, healthier and safer future for you and your families. The fair will...
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Towards toxic-free and chemical-free agriculture

Modern agricultural practices, with the introduction of monocrop cultivation and high yielding varieties in food crops has meant escalating use of pesticides due to increased susceptibility to diseases and pests. It is time for us to shift towards more sustainable models in agriculture which are ecologically sound and economically viable otherwise we will not only damage our natural resources...
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