KOTA KINABALU: With the the extension of the Movement Control Order, the serious economic crisis and food packages not reaching vulnerable groups in Sabah, Jannie Lasimbang said the GRS government should initiate programmes that would strengthen food production and food security.
“I am collaborating with PACOS TRUST, Kivatu Nature Farm and Wanita DAP Penampang to encourage women to start kitchen gardens in Kapayan, and today, we started giving out planting materials in the forms of vegetable, herbs and fruit seeds, seedlings, as well as composts and potting soil to 30 women and 2 housing areas to start their Kitchen Garden” Jannie said.
The free planting materials came together with information and tips on gardening for women with a small garden plots, and for those living in apartments and housing areas to start an urban garden.
"Kitchen Gardens not only provide fresh vegetables and herbs for the family but it is a way to reduce organic kitchen wastes, while gardening can contribute to mental cognitive functioning and emotional well-being” said Maria Benedict, coordinator of Kivatu Nature Farm.
“Besides that, self-grown crops are more nutritious and safe than buying them on the market. It can also help families to find side incomes by selling their plants and vegetables” added Maria who has also contributed to the successful re-opening of several acres of padi fields in Tenghilan using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in an effort to boost food security and food production.
Philip Chin said PACOS TRUST bought these seeds and seedlings from local farmers using funds under its sustainable food production programme.
The programme has the capacity to provide materials and expertise on the long-term as well, to strengthen farmers' food security and sustain food production epecially during this pandemic.