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.
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.
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 access to a diversity of fresh nutritionally-rich foods, save on food bills, earn extra income from sales of excess garden products and have contingency provision such as chillies and tomatoes during seasonal lean periods.
CAP urges the Maritime Enforcement Agency of Malaysia - Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) to conduct more frequent operations in Penang waters particularly the South West District to control encroachment of trawler boats into inshore fishers zone in the state.
The problem of trawler encroachment is becoming more serious and affects more than 2,000 inshore fishers in ten areas comprising Sungai Pinang, Pantai Acheh, Jalan Baru, Sungai Burung, Teluk Kumbar, Sungai Batu, Gertak Sanggul, Telok Tempoyak, Permatang Damar Laut and Batu Maung.
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 cuts cost.