KUCHING: Gardening and farming enthusiasts should make use of creative Do it Yourself (DIY) tools and ideas to start their projects.
Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development (MANRED) permanent secretary Edwin Abit said in this modern day and age, anyone can start to cultivate and nurture plants by utilising whatever space they have available.
“Given the situation we are in now, be it urban gardening or a mini garden at the apartment balcony, this activity has become more and more popular in many cities around the world.
“This is why, those who are thinking of being part of this community and are looking for ways to start your gardening or farming activity, they should join the upcoming ‘Gardenscapes Sarawak: A Gardening & Farming Expo 2022’,” he said at its virtual launch via Facebook Live on Place Borneo Page on Friday (Oct 1).
The expo which is the first of its kind in the state, will be held from March 25 to March 27 next year at CityOne Megamall.
“It will be an avenue where professional gardening and farming experts as well as gardening enthusiasts can come together to gain information and enhance their gardening experience or even start a business enterprise.
“This expo will also be a great place for someone who is into or planning to start gardening activities to visit and explore as there will be educational workshops to increase and broaden your agricultural horizons,” he said.
The workshops will include Plant Your Own Coffee; Hydroponics Tips and Tricks; Mushroom Cultivation at Home; Medicinal Plants in Your Garden; and many more.
“We can assure visitors that the event will be strictly guided by the current standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the authority for events and gatherings.
“Bearing that in mind, there will be a limited number of visitors during the event to ensure there is adequate social distancing and only the fully vaccinated individuals are allowed entry.
“From the government’s perspective, we fully support this kind of event. In fact, there are a number of schemes where the urban community can apply for government support in terms of agriculture or farm inputs, advisory and research and development,” he stated.