Monday, 30 October 2017

Taman Warisan Pertanian - A Treasure Trove In The Heart Of Putrajaya!

When we hear the name Putrajaya, many of us associate it with Government Buildings and Futuristic Structures like the Millenium Monument or The Iron Mosque which are marvels in their own right. As for nature on the other hand, we most commonly recall the Floria Festival which is held as an annual event in and around the Putrajaya Lake.
These are about as much as the general public knows about Putrajaya (unless you live and work there. haha) aside from the recently talked about Food Truck / Street Dining Area.

What if I told you that there is more to Putrajaya than meets the eye?
Something I too have only just discovered over the weekend.

The Place I am referring to is the Taman Warisan Pertanian or Agricultural Heritage Park nestled amidst a 35 acre estate in Precinct 16. I'm very sure you haven't heard of it or even known of its existence right? To be honest, neither did I.

The Heritage Park boast several Orchards, A Rubber Plantation and Research Center, A Tea Plantation, A Spice Trail a Visitors Complex that offers a myriad of Malaysian Traditional Cuisine.

The Visitor Center and F&B Area.



My fellow bloggers and I from Kelab Blogger Ben Ashaari were invited to experience first hand what this (undiscovered by many) Heritage Park had to offer. 
I was up bright and early on Saturday, filled with excitement as I have never seen or heard of this place before.

Getting ourselves registered.

Looking all excited... Yippie...

After a brief registration and introduction to the Heritage Parks curators and staff members, we were off on our journey into Agricultural Heaven! 

A brief ride in the park's buggy brought us to pit stop number one, atop a hill with the sun scorching our cheeks and a killer view of Putrajaya. 
Why did we stop? What was there?

I stood in awe as we were greeted by an approximately 10' by 10' paddy field that was accompanied by a patch of muddy water that housed some catfish!!!

Our guide for the day.
Since the Putrajaya Heritage Park is inclined to being an Edu-Tourism park, our first task was to learn to catch catfish. Two volunteers were chosen for this task and they managed to catch a total of 5 fishes together, (Now I know I'll never go hungry if I'm around them. LOL).





Enough fishy business for now, our next stop was the Orchards which was something that I personally was waiting for. How I miss being able to pluck fresh fruits and gobbling them down.
My late grandmother had several fruit trees around her old "kampung" house in Malacca.


Rambutan

Kedondong as it's known in Malaysia - Spondias dulcis (Ambarella)


Asam Gelugor - Garcinia atroviridis

Beruas - Garcinia hombroniana

It's look and texture is similar to that of a Mangosteen
These are just a handful of the many varieties of fruits planted here, there are Durians, Jackfruit, Mata Kucing and Jambu Air (Water Apple) and many others.

Wait... we aren't going to eat them yet...
We still haven't talked about the Rubber plantation yet. 

The plantation is said to be part of the ORIGINAL Prang Besar Estate which existed long before the idea of Putrajaya was conceived. Hence these rather untouched rubber trees are the original dwellers of the hill.
Showcased here are 71 of the PB or Prang Besar clone species which originally acted as a point of reference for rubber research.

Here, you are taught how to tap a rubber tree and also how rubber is processed.





After a tiring walk uphill and a lesson in rubber taping and processing, we were treated to some freshly harvested fruits from the orchards which we were more than happy to try. (Yes... I'm an Omnomnomnivor)...



Fruits aren't the only things planted in this vast expanse of land, they also have Long Jack, Torch Ginger, Tea, Palm Oil, Black Pepper, Coffee and Cocoa. 

Cocoa

Everyones favourite - Coffee (Arabica)

Black Pepper
That brings us to the end of the tour today folks... 
Hahahaha... Just kidding...

Next up was a demonstration by some local producers of "Madu Kelulut". Madu is Honey and Kelulut is the local name from "stingless bees". Madu Kelulut is said to have many medicinal properties though I wont be able to confirm it. I must say however that freshly harvested honey DOES NOT taste sweet at all, so when purchasing honey be very careful not to be fooled.



After all the stuff we did here, I somehow feel quite accomplished knowing that this has acted as a refresher to my childhood and life in a Kampung. Many kids these days lack the experience and knowledge of mother nature and how it has provided for use over the centuries.

People in general today, focus on the not so important things in life like technology. So much so that, we as human beings are losing touch with our origins.

If you feel in any way the same as me, I would suggest getting to know more about Taman Warisan Pertanian Putrajaya and what else they have to offer. No long trips required to teach your children a thing or two, it's right here!

Taking in the MAGNIFICENT view before we left!

Price and Details:

Operation Hours:
8.30am - 5.30pm
Everyday including Public Holidays.

Entrance Fees:

Malaysian Citizens:
RM8.50(Adults) 
RM6.50(Children)

Foreigners:
Rm13.50(Adults) 
Rm9.50 (Children)

P/S: That's a reasonable price to pay for such a priceless experience for you and you kids...

You may also contact Taman Warisan Putrajaya at:

Telephone:
+603 8893 1967 (Headquarters)
+603 8888 2722 (The Park)

Email:

Social Media:

6 comments:

  1. Surely we did have a lot of fun learning about the fruit plants, to see by ourselves how ro rubber tap and how to get madu out of keluluts' territories..

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    1. Very true... it was an awesome experience.

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  2. haha..best kann..pulak2 masa tangkap ikan keli..ekekeke

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  3. buat majlis kat sini tau hahahhaa

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