Urban smart agriculture to improve living standards

MilliA new development approach – setting up technology-enabled urban agriculture projects in residential areas – offers an opportunity to improve both living standards and agricultural productivity.

Commenting on this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the development approach will be carried out jointly by the Land Management and Development Authority (LCDA) and Simfoni Strategi Sdn Bhd on a total land area of ​​326 acres.

“We will not only focus on mixed development but also seize the opportunity to establish technology-enabled urban agriculture, which aims to ensure food security by producing high-value fruits for domestic and international markets.”

“This is the first time we are building a smart settlement housing project that will include both residential and commercial areas, and next to it will have a designated area for urban smart agriculture, where buyers and owners of the affordable homes can participate in urban smart agriculture using the latest technologies such as IoT and greenhouse farming,” he said.

He made the remarks at a press conference after visiting Simfoni Strategi Sdn Bhd’s smart agriculture site in Kuala Lumpur today.

He also said the area would be dedicated to smart agriculture, allowing residents to collaborate with businesses to produce fruit.

“Each household has enough land within their premises for smart agriculture. You may wonder if the land behind each household is enough. In Japan and Taiwan, we have seen that small plots of land near the houses are used to grow and produce high-yield fruits that are valuable in price. For example, a melon in Japan can sell for US$50-100.

“What I want to say here is that we want to start a new approach with our new housing schemes. Residents can participate in agriculture and with the involvement of agencies like FAMA, they don’t have to sell their produce themselves. Companies can buy their produce from them and ensure a steady income,” he added.

Abang Johari said if the new approach was successful, it could be rolled out to other areas, including rural areas.

“Providing farmland for new housing developments can help increase residents’ incomes. Fruits are high yielding and have a high price, providing homeowners with an additional source of income,” he said.

Abang Johari expressed hope for the initiative’s success as it would set a precedent for the government to consider in other housing schemes, especially in new areas.

“Now we have the Pan Borneo Highway, the Coastal Highway and as rural areas develop, this will help increase the income of people especially the B40,” Abang Johari said.

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