April 16, 2012

Nang Chong Stories : Vegetable Plots on Stilts

The Foochows who live on the banks of the Rajang are very resilient people.

floods are a constant threat to the lives of the farmers and rubber tappers. Hence they have to find ways to overcome these.

With the rising of the river bed of the Rajang Foochow farmers have devised vegetable beds to rise high above the flood waters. Some even create a double decker vegetable bed.

Here my relative Wong Hieng Kiu has planted his vegetables in raised boxes which are really similar to school hostel beds....single deck or double deck. How creative one can be when faced with environmental challenges.

single deck vegetable beds made from rotting planks...
another" bed" with mosquito netting


wenn said...

that's interesting!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Not many people elsewhere do this..but in the Rajang area..lots of farmers cultivate their vegetables..in spite of the presence of floods. They often manage to be subsistence farmers and do not depend on supermarkets.

David Chin said...

My wife, Christine also planted her own vegetables in NZ in a similar way: in wooden boxes:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Thanks...great minds think alike...Say hi to Christine for me.

Happy Mother's Day to her.

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