The Jakarta Post
Jakartans will have a greener city soon as the city administration is promoting urban farming in the capital.
The Jakarta administration plans to introduce "green aisle" program in 75 areas to grow vegetables, medicinal plants and potted fruit plants this year, aiming at not only beautifying the city but also to ensure food security.
"We want residents to know that farming is easy. In the future, we hope that they can produce vegetables for their own families," Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency agriculture division head Diah Meidiantie said.
The administration has allocated Rp 5 billion (US$ 375,855) for the program.
Last year, the agency disbursed Rp 6 billion to establish 150 urban gardens in the capital's five municipalities and Thousand Islands regency.
"However, this year, Thousand Islands won’t join the program as the local residents are struggling to care for the existing ones," Diah said, explaining that the difficulty was caused by a lack of clean water in the regency.