When our delegation was being hosted at Kampung Layang-Layangan, one of the sites we visited was a plot of farmland, which is toiled by the community.
This community farming project is to encourage sustainable living among the villagers; planting their own vegetables, trading crops among themselves and selling the excess to the public.
When the project kicked off in January 2016, there were about 50 members. This number dwindled to 20+ today, due to various reasons.
Some of the members left the project when they did not see results in the early days, while others may have left for greener pastures.
The size of the land, owned by Labuan Corporation, is approximately 0.5 acres, with members tilling their own plot measuring 20ft X 15ft.
At any time, there are about 8 different types of crops being planted. They include sawi, spinach, corn and chilli. The total income generated from this farm is about RM4,000 per month, shared equally among the farmers.
Community farming projects like this is a great idea to keep the cost of living low within the village. If there’s land to be utilised for a good cause, such as sustainable living, why not, especially in a community where the gotong-royong spirit is alive.
It’s heartening to see this progress in just 2.5 years. One could see how proud the villagers are of their ‘baby’. May they find better success in their project when more members participate.
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