Sarikei hydroponics farm owner finds silver lining during pandemic

The Covid-19 outbreak has presented an unprecedented challenge to human welfare, with a lot of people experiencing loss of jobs and source of income. This is no exception to a farmer’s son, Chan Chyun Chow, who now operates his own hydroponics vegetable farm, which he named ‘Daily Fresh Hydroponics’ here.

The lad, in his thirties, said the idea for his hydroponics vegetable farm came about during the last two years of the pandemic, and he considers it a blessing in disguise. “It is a new project on my father’s 22-acre farm where my family lives,” Chan said when interviewed by The Borneo Post during a recent study tour organized by the Youth and Women sections of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

According to Chan, they had originally grown only fruit trees at their orchard at Sungai Galan, Kesa near here, where they have a total of 70 matured durian trees. He added that there are now some 1,300 other trees bearing fruits such as bananas, pineapples, papayas, and watermelons.

The idea of hydroponics farming was mooted during the Movement Control Order (MCO) at the height of the pandemic by his eldest brother, who was working in Singapore.

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