Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Farming In Kundasang, Sabah

In East Malaysia, Kundasang in Sabah is the most well known place where temperate vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants are produced on commercial scale. In West Malaysia I think the Cameroon Highland is the most famous.The Kundasang area is roughly 90 km from Kota Kinabalu City (KK), the capital of Sabah. It just takes less than one and a half hour to drive there from KK.The region is mountainous, with Mt. Kinabalu, which is 13,455 ft, the highest in South East Asia.It is an eye-opening experience to visit a highland farm. Most of the farms here are owned by the local Kadazan-Dusun community and a small population of Chinese. As the farms are on the hill slopes and valleys, the use of modern agricultural machinery is limited. Most work is manually carried out by locals as well as imported Indonesians.The most common vegetable produced here is the cabbage. There are two rows of wooden vegetable wholesale stalls outside the Kundasang Bazaar along the Kundasang-Ranau Highway. These stalls are open 7 days a week and are always packed with both local people and those coming from as far as Brunei and Sarawak. Agro-tourism is evidently popular here as there are dozens of homestays as well as decent,clean and very reasonably priced hotels/resorts scattered all over Kundasang.I definately will be back to Kundasang again, hopefully within this year.


Kay Stanford Jr Kastum said...

Such majestic snapshots! Makes me so proud of my home land. I must at least be in the same spot! Cheers mate!

rubberseeds said...

Kay,thanks for reading my blog. Your home land is very beautiful. I will come back again.