Faculty of Agrotechnology, University College of Yayasan Pahang (UCYP) in collaboration with the Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya (UM) has organized the Agro Art Kids 2020 Program at UCYP Main Campus, Tanjung Lumpur, Kuantan on 26 September 2020 (Saturday).
The program themed Shaping Youth for Agriculture aims to cultivate the interest of planting in the participants as well as instilling the spirit of love for the environment from an early age. Programs involving participants aged between 5 to 12 years around Kuantan have exposed the participants on the basic ways of growing organic vegetables such as how to sow seeds, preparing mixed soil media, how to make compost from agricultural waste and how to move seedlings to the limit and harvest vegetables. In addition, participants are also involved in vase colouring activities to unearth the artistic talents of the participants and this activity can be practiced by participants at home by using discarded items such as bottles and cans to make decorative vases.
The program was also joined by parents where they had the opportunity to learn how to make kokedama (hanging ornamental tree) presented by UM. These activities are additional activities for this program while they are waiting for their children to do activities on the plot. Among other attractions during this program is the Exotic Life Pets Exhibition from J’s Animal Kingdom where participants can play, take pictures and approach exotic life.
In addition, the Biochar exhibition also provides exposure to the community on how agricultural waste can be converted into an organic matter that can be used to fertilize the land for agricultural activities.
This Agro Art Kids program is also in line with the 5 directions of Sustainable Development Goals namely Good Health and Well-Being, Quality Education, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action and Life on Land.
The Agro Art Kids program has the support of YB Dato’ Sri Shahaniza Shamsuddin (Chairman of the Pahang State Unity, Culture, Women, Family and Community Development Committee) as well as cooperation from YP Land, YP Mining, Green World Genetics (GWG) and Young Planters Society (YPS).
The program was attended by the Vice Chancellor of UCYP, Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ahmad bin Haji Zainuddin where he presented certificates of participation and souvenirs of appreciation to the participants and the UM. Also present were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International), Ts. Dr Hafizan binti Mat Som, Registrar, En. Jalaluddin bin Abdullah and Vice President (Branding & Corporate Communications), Puan Suhaila binti Hj. Mukhtar.
Agro Art Kids Program Director, Cik Zahidah Ab Razak informed that the program is the first program organized by the Faculty of Agrotechnology UCYP. Clearly, the goal of this program, among others, aims to introduce the existence of the newly established Faculty of Agrotechnology in January 2020 and the Urban Garden UCYP site for urban agriculture projects to the outside community.
“This program is seen to have a positive effect on children, especially those who live in the city so that they are also exposed to outdoor activities and fill their free time by planting and not just playing gadgets at home. Participants are also seen to be very thrilled about the activities carried out because this is their first experience playing with land and agricultural waste”.
A collaborative partner from UM, Dr Rosazlin Abdullah also stressed on the importance of Food Security and Food Safety to participants and parents during this program so that they emphasize more nutritious food intake and ensure adequate daily food supply. Dr Rosazlin Abdullah was also honoured to present “kokedama” souvenirs to the Vice Chancellor of UCYP and to present his innovation, Biorenewable Resource Biochar Kiln to the Faculty of Agrotechnology UCYP.
Participants are filling peat moss into a nursery container to sow vegetable seeds
Reaping spinach, what an experience!
Kokedama making activities with mommies
Kids seemed so engrossed with vase colouring activity
Biochar Exhibition from UM
Happy faces mommies photographed with their Kokedama
Dr Rosazlin handed over kokedama souvenirs to the UCYP Vice Chancellor along with the Biorenewable Resource Biochar Kiln barrel to the Faculty of Agrotechnology
End of Agro Kids Art Session