Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Chemical-Free Sustainable Farming is the Way Forward

Speech by Mr. S.M. Mohamed Idris, President of Consumers’ Association of Penang on 26 May 2016 in Penang.

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ahmad Zakaria bin Mohamad Sidek

Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia

Encik Azahar bin Haji Ibrahim

Pengarah Jabatan Pertanian Negeri Pulau Pinang

Saudara-saudari sekalian.

I deeply appreciate everyone present here today for sparing your time to join us in welcoming the Director General of Agriculture’s visit to learn about CAP’s sustainable farming project.

We thank all teachers, students, farmers from Penang, Kedah and Perak who are here today and who have been actively involved in CAP’s sustainable farming projects all these years.  We also have strong support from the public and media who has been highlighting our farming ventures.  Thank you all.

Urban Garden Training

CAP is organising an "Urban Garden Training" for public who are keen in practicing own gardening. The training includes demonstration on converting kitchen waste into compost, pot mixtures and techniques of growing vegetables. It will be held on 12th March 2016, 8.45am till 11.30am at CAP office, 10 Jalan Masjid Negeri, Penang. Only limited number of people is allowed for the training. Kindly call Subbarow 012-5374899 to register yourself.

Minister of Agriculture launches CAP's Urban Farming Project

Impetus Needed for Urban Farming

Speech by CAP President, SM Mohd Idris at the launch

Urban farming is fast picking up all over the world, be it done individually or in a community setting. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls upon the government of Malaysia to support communities and individuals to move towards the path of urban farming.

City and suburban agriculture is in the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. It is reported that around 15 percent of the world's food is now grown in urban areas.

Better Understanding of Beneficial Insects Vital for Sustainable Agriculture

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by N. Selvam*

Pesticide use is rampant in Malaysian farms to the extent that almost all beneficial insects are wiped off from the field. A visit to several farms and further discussion with Malaysian farmers revealed the sordid condition of Malaysian farms. Farmers here resort to pesticide to get rid of pest problems.

Due to farmers’ ignorance on the significance of beneficial insects, they spray pesticides in their field which leads to the perishing of beneficial insects together with the pests.

Poisoning the World with Pesticides: Dawn of the Second “Silent Spring”

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A survey by the Consumers’ Association of Penang’s reveals that pesticides are still widely used in farms, threatening our natural ecosystems and farm environment. As consumers, we should not only be concerned of pesticide residues on the food we eat, but also pesticides’ widespread contamination and poisoning of the world.

Pesticides use is expanding in most regions of the world and the global market in 2012 was valued at about US$40 billion. At present there are about 800 pesticide active ingredients in use globally and these are formulated into many thousands of products that may contain more than one active ingredient.