Jakarta people continue to do positive activities amid of COVID-19 pandemic. For example, number of RT 01/10 residents, Ciracas Sub-district, Ciracas, East Jakarta, who utilize the unused land owned by Jakarta Park and Urban Forest Agency for urban farming.
" Initially, people only wanted to fill their spare time"
On this 500 square meters land, local residents plant various vegetables, shade trees, and productive trees, such as spinach, mustard greens, pumpkin, tomatoes, cassava, mango, star fruit, and cucumber. They also build catfish ponds at the location.
"Initially, people only wanted to fill their spare time because since the COVID-19 outbreak, they had a lot of time at home. Then, they chose to start farming activities," explained Hendro, RT 01/10 Head, Ciracas Sub-district, on Monday (8/10).
Over time, the residents become more interested in farming activities. Until this time, they have harvested twice for vegetables such as water spinach, mustard greens, and cucumbers. While for pumpkin, bitter melon, and angled luffa will be harvested soon.
"We will ask East Jakarta KPKP Sub-agency for fish and plant seeds assistance thus our environment can be more greener and beautiful. Because previously this land was filled with garbage, debris, and wild plants," he conveyed.