The Urban Farming Project at the foot of Gunung Matsurat is set to become a tourist attraction when the tourism sector in the state resumes operation.
Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said the project, which involves cooperation between the Perak State Agricultural Development Corporation (PPPNP) and Green Valley Agriculture, is being actively developed.
“Gunung Matsurat is a prehistoric location over 5,000 years old which is now one of the archeological heritage sites of Ipoh. This location will become even more interesting with the integration of urban farming based on the concept of “Little Cameron”.
“Along with the Pavilion Petting Zoo in Gunung Lang, I am confident that this famous recreation center in Ipoh will receive more visitors.
“We’re also streamlining Ipoh city tourism products that showcase the diversity of the people such as the Cantonese Heritage Trail, Indian Heritage Trail and Malay Heritage Trail. These will be launched by Tourism Perak, but the timing will depend on the current situation,” he told Ipoh Echo during his visit to the Pavilion Petting Zoo yesterday (September 1).
According to Rumaizi, with the economic constraints currently faced by the state, tourism industry players are encouraged to implement affordable and low-cost concepts so that tourism products are made accessible to groups such as B40. However, they must also ensure that they always deliver top-notch quality and service.
Rumaizi also stressed that while it is important to create tourism infrastructure, it is equally crucial to reduce or avoid the use of non-environmental friendly material.
“Similar to the goal of transforming Ipoh into a low-carbon city by 2030, we should focus on developing elements that have a positive impact on the environment and society,” he said.