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Singapore: 7 urban farm sites on HDB rooftops launched for public tender in Bukit Panjang, Woodlands, Sembawang

The urban farm site on the rooftop of the housing board multi-storey carpark at Block 505A Jelapang Road.PHOTO: SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCY

“It is great to see residents in the area enjoying fresh produce straight from such farms and found conveniently at nearby supermarkets,” he added.

By Ng Wei Kai
The Straits Times
Feb 23, 2021

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The Republic’s skyline is set to become a little greener.

On Tuesday (Feb 23), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) launched seven urban farming sites on the rooftops of housing board (HDB) multi-storey carparks by way of public tender.

The sites are located in the heartland areas of Bukit Panjang, Woodlands and Sembawang. They form part of HDB’s Green Towns Programme to intensify greening in housing board estates, said the two agencies in a joint statement yesterday.

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March 1, 2021   No Comments

Bangladesh: The era of urban farming

Dhaka, the mega-city currently has around ten thousand hectares of rooftop space, which can be brought under rooftop farming helping the residents of the city taste fresh vegetables.

By Mehrin Mubdi Chowdhury
Daily Star
Feb 17, 2021

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“There are many factors that need to be considered before taking rooftop farming seriously; however, these factors are not too bothersome. A little bit of dedication can do wonders! The problem that we personally addressed right at the beginning was structural, and we had to increase the capacity of the roof to ensure it could take the extra load. A second problem that we faced was with keeping the soils healthy, as rooftop soils are different from ground-bed soils,” Ahmed revealed.

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February 22, 2021   No Comments

Hong Kong: K-FARM and Wildroots Organic

Fai is a Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) certified horticulturist. He earned the IFOAM Organic Agriculture Inspector certification and has worked on production organic farms in Taiwan.

K-FARM

K-FARM would be the first urban farm in Hong Kong incorporating hydroponics, aquaponics and organic farming systems. Under our ‘Farm to Care’ Project, general public can learn different farming knowledge and technologies in our farming facilities through guided tours, taught programs and farming activities and can also enjoy the open, relaxing and beautiful environment in the farm.

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February 21, 2021   No Comments

Malaysia: Ministry to strengthen urban farming programme

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the ministry wanted those involved in the programme to generate their own capital to sustain the activity and not solely rely on government’s assistance.. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

The Ministry had also chosen 23 people among the homeless to cultivate an open area adjacent to Anjung Kelana

Malay Mail
Feb 13, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — The Federal Territories Ministry will strengthen the urban farming programme to allow the farm produce to be commercialised and sustain the activity for a long time.

Its Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said this would enable those involved in the programme to generate their own capital to sustain the activity and not solely rely on government’s assistance.

“The urban farming programme is carried out on a small scale but we need (help from other parties) to market the produce. This matter will be monitored by the ministry and there will also be an involvement of non-governmental organisations,” he told reporters at the press conference held at the Sentul Perdana Community Centre after visiting the urban farming project at the Seri Malaysia PPR (People’s Housing Project) in Desa Petaling today.

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February 18, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: DAR turns Carp-awarded lot into vegetable garden

Making 60 plots, measuring 1 x 20 meters

By Ronald O. Reyes
Sun-Star
Feb 13, 2021

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A 23-HECTARE land awarded under the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) has been slowly turned into a vegetable garden in Tacloban City following the initiative of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR-Eastern Visayas Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay also planned to simultaneously conduct Farmer Field School to the 20 members of the New Kawayan-Cabalawan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers’ Association in the city “to sustain the initial project and eventually spread its area until the entire 23 hectares have been covered.”

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February 18, 2021   No Comments

Hong Kong: Public forum on the potential of Urban Edible Spaces

 We hope to raise awareness on the values that urban edible spaces can bring about, both on sustainable development and community wellbeing.

Note: There are two forums to attend.

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February 17, 2021   No Comments

Turning terrace into thriving farm in urban Bangladesh

Terrace gardening in cities has gained popularity in recent days. A terrace garden is seen in Cumilla in this undated photo.

“The rooftop of his house resembles a mini forest”. “It is now a source of oxygen and key entertainment during my leisure time,” he adds.

By Shafik Russell
UNB
Feb 12, 2021

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When Jahangir started his own terrace garden after retirement in 2017, he planted a handful of vegetables. But the urge to stay indoors and eat healthy during the peak of the pandemic last year prompted him to expand his garden.

Also read: Rooftop Gardening: Way to Release Stress and Promote health during pandemic

“Covid-19 and the consequent restrictions imposed by the government actually forced me to think about self-sustained living. Now I grow even leafy vegetables like spinach and beet, apart from bottle gourd, bitter gourd and pumpkin, on my terrace,” Jahangir says.

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February 17, 2021   No Comments