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Selangor govt to focus on urban agriculture to boost people's income

SHAH ALAM, June 9 (Bernama) -- The Selangor government will introduce a new concept called 'urban agriculture' in an effort to boost the income of the residents in the state through agriculture, said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

He said the urban agriculture concept which was the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city was expected to contribute seven to 10 per cent towards Selangor's economy in five years' time.

"We will be conducting special forums to deliberate on this concept by inviting experts from countries like Denmark to share their insights on how to implement this new economic strategy," he told a press conference after officiating the 2015 Selangor budget dialogue session, here today.

Abdul Khalid said the state government would identify abandoned land in towns which were adjacent to apartments to cultivate various crops through the 'urban agriculture' concept that also involved agroforestry and horticulture.

On another note, Abdul Khalid said he expected the construction of the state's affordable housing scheme to kick off in August.

"Our target is that towards the end of 2015, every district in the state would have its own affordable housing project," he added.

Abdul Khalid said the upcoming state budget in November would focus on urbanisation mainly in upgrading and improving the public transportation system in the state.



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