Community orchard coming to fruition

Going green: Asmawi (second left) planting a fruit tree at an earlier MPSJ programme. With him is MPSJ councillor Keshminder Singh (second right).

By JADE CHAN jade@thestar.com.my

THE Zone 6 JKP (residents committee) is working together with the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to establish a community fruit orchard in USJ 16, Subang Jaya.

MPSJ president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi said the initiative would provide a platform for the local community to interact and encourage an organised gardening activity.

Local residents, who proposed a 0.2ha site in Jalan USJ 16/5A for the project, will be planting the fruit trees and manage the orchard themselves.

The MPSJ will provide 50 saplings of six different fruit trees for the orchard.

“The USJ16 area has an active community and they have expressed interest in having a community garden.

“Work is being carried out to connect water supply to the site and the planting of trees will begin soon after,” said Asmawi.

He hoped that the local community would benefit from the initiative by working towards creating a cleaner and healthier environment.

“The trees in urban areas will also reduce the heat through carbon dioxide absorption and oxygen release,” he said.

He added that the orchard was part of the council’s vision for a green and sustainable municipality.

Asmawi said the MPSJ was proposing a urban-forest concept to create a more comfortable environment and address the issues of global warming with tree-planting initiatives.

“These sites will also serve the surrounding communities for recreational and leisure activities.

“Having an urban forest will help educate the local communities about local plant species and create greater awareness of the importance of trees to mankind,” he said.

Asmawi also said the MPSJ was willing to help other communities which were keen on setting up similar community orchards in their areas.

“These communities must be active and be committed to managing the project well,” he added.

For enquiries, call the MPSJ at 03-8026 4410.

Article source http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/10/21/central/9717184&sec=central

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