Thursday, March 12, 2009

Flowers in Lipat Kajang

Have we ever thought about growing flowers in Lipat Kajang? Maybe not. But can we grow flowers in Lipat Kajang. I think Lipat Kajaang can support a flower growing industry. What sort of flowers? Orchid for a start. Our climate may just be suitable for orchid growings. Why do I say so? We are tropical and our weather is cool enough with all the trees around and warm enough because we are in the tropics. How do we grow orchids? I don’t know but there must be people who know. And we have enough unused land in our midst. I have seen orchid farms in Mantin in NS, I have seen orchid farms in tye lower lands of Genting and best of all I have seen orchid farms in Bangkok. Who grow them? The Chinese, all of them. Why can’t Malays grow orchids?

Orchids seemed to be able to grow in our damp climate. What we need are green houses to grow them in, and of course enough water and good fertilizers and anything that prevent insects from eating the plants and destroying them. All these we have in our kampong, except that we have to import fertilizers and some sort of mild insecticide. And the skilled labour to look after the orchid plants and the capital. Don’t we have trainable unemployed youths in the kampong? Those who can be trained to plant and look after orchids? Maybe some Lipat Kajang person or any one connected to Lipat Kajang can start the orchid growing with a small initial capital. I don’t know how much, but a research can always be done.

What is the chance of failure? I think the market is vast, and I do not think we should think of failure even before we start.

Or is it too ambitious to say that we can even grow roses in Lipat Kajang? Has anyone ever tried?

And of course the alternative to flowers, vegetables can be grown in Lipat Kajang as well. Ever seen the Chinese even growing vegetables under TNB transmission line? If they can why can’t we? We have the land and the labour. Then what has been stopping us all these while? I have our women (and men) folks bring vegetables to the market on Pekan Sari days. Its only a matter of organizing ourselves to meet the challenges. And I have known of people who have made some money out of growing vegetables in Lipat Kajang.

Lipat Kajang people (or decendents) are encouraged to participate& contribute (Orang Lipat Kajang, atau keturunan, di jemput memberi sumbangan idea)

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