Kelantan Malaysian Family Aspirations Tour: Ministry of Agriculture booth draws crowds with hydroponic tower farms

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A visitor poses with a vertical hydroponic tower during the three-day Kelantan Keluarga Malaysia Aspirations (AKM) Tour program at Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Baru on July 24, 2022. – Bernama pic

Sunday, July 24, 2022 9:31 PM MYT

KOTA BARU, July 24 – In an effort to encourage the public to plant their own vegetables, the Pangkalan Chepa Region Farmers’ Organization (PPK) showcased their salad farms in a vertical hydroponic tower using PVC pipes during the three-day Kelantan Keluarga Malaysia Aspirations Tour Program (AKM) here.

Pengkalan Chepa PPK Managing Director Zainihisham Idris said the tower trusses, which were on display at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi) stand at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, had indeed become the a crowd puller, with some visitors showing interest in purchasing the complete hydroponic package to have your own farm tour at home.

“During the Kelantan edition of the AKM Tour, 13 sets of tower trusses using PVC pipes have been booked so far. Many other visitors have also shown interest, but have been invited to come in our offices to find out more about hydroponics sets before making their reservations,” he told Bernama met at the stadium here today.

He said the tower farms use no soil as they only require sponges and are suitable for growing leafy vegetables and herbs, such as lettuce, green mustard, spring onion and parsley.

A total of 160 sets of tower trusses have been sold so far since the launch of the project in 2020, he said, adding that the price starts at RM350 depending on the size required by the customer.

Meanwhile, the Mafi booth also attracted visitors’ attention with the replica of Japanese mustard cultivation using Repek Telong PPK’s tabletop fertigation technique.

“This tabletop fertigation cultivation technique is very suitable for those with a limited amount of land. In fact, the cultivation technique using processed coconut fiber is also suitable for the people of Kelantan as the state has many coconut trees,” said Repek Telong PPK General Manager Zuraidi Ramli.

Zuraidi also expressed hope that through programs like the AKM tour, the PPK would be able to introduce easier and safer vegetable growing methods to encourage the public to plant their own vegetables at home. — Bernama

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