It’s 2018, and two years has passed since the last time I visited MAHA (Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism Show), which was back in 2016. The last time I was here, it had been a hectic experience – hot, sweaty and tired feet by the end of the day, but also so much fun. ]
I am curious to see how it would be this year, even though I am more focused to check out what MADA has in store for its visitors.
This year’s MAHA theme is “Our food, Our future”. It is open to the public from 22nd November to 2nd December from 10am to 10pm every day. In 2018, MAHA is expecting about 3 million visitors over the 11 days to cover the 11 hectare site of showground.
If you’re interested to come to MAHA, make sure you come early, wear comfortable shoes (there are many ground to cover), bring a hat or handfan, put on some sunscreen and make sure you drink enough water (coz it could get really hot and humid in the day).
MADA Kampung Pulau Pisang Brought To MAHA 2018
Firstly, what is MADA?
MADA is abbreviated from Muda Agriculture Development Authority or Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Muda in Bahasa Malaysia. It is an agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives or known in Bahasa Malaysia as Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani. Mainly operating from the state the Kedah (and Perlis), MADA is an authority that helps to promote and undertake economic and social development in the Kawasan Muda such as agriculture development that may be assigned by the state of Kedah and Perlis.
If you’ve never been to the state of Kedah and never set foot in Kampung Pulau Pisang, then fret not, for MADA brought Kampung Pulau Pisang all the way to MAEPS, Serdang’s MAHA 2018 and to you. In conjunction with MAHA 2018, MADA is appointed as the leading agency of Agro-tourism cluster. Not just that, MADA is also responsible for MAHA 2018’s LAMAN PADI and State Pavillion.
At MADA’s Kampung Pulau Pisang located at Hall A, I found a unique Malay village architecture with beautiful paddy field background and offers of homestay packages. The real Kampung Pulau Pisang that is located in Kubang Pasu, Kedah is most definitely bigger, prettier and authentic than this, of course.
Stepping into MADA’s Kampung Pulau Pisang, I was happy to see many activities available for visitors to experience – something similar to what existed in Kedah under Kampung Pulau Pisang’s subclusters (section), if visitors chose to experience it’s agro-tourism.
So, what did I see and experience at MADA’s Kampung Pulau Pisang’s subclusters? Let me walk through it with you:
Located at Sik, Kedah, Charuk Pelanduk is a village that is popular with visitors for it’s unique and antique handricrafts. At this section, visitors will be able to see how papers are made from pineapple fibers and straw by some of the entrepreneurs from Charuk Pelanduk. These art and DIYs are also sold to visitors if they wish to purchase them.
Not only that, adults and childrens alike can experience ceramic colouring or batik colouring at Charuk Pelanduk section. What a great way to hone artistic skills in your little one, right?
Go to the Agro Art & DIY subcluster for these activities.
If you’re Malaysian and you have not heard of Mahsuri, shame on you! According to legend, Mahsuri is a very beautiful woman from Langkawi and her tragic death and curse on the land of Langkawi would always be one of Langkawi and Kedah’s favourite legends.
Wakaf Mahsuri is a section where you can get some help relieving those tension in your shoulders, your head or your feet, after the long walks at MAHA 2018. Complete with traditional beauty and health products made from natural sources (rice, kelulut honey, propolis, herbs and “Jewel of Borneo”), you can be sure to enjoy a traditional-filled element here.
Wakaf Mahsuri is a part of the Health & Beauty subcluster.
Warong Ulu Sedaka
Quench your thirst or if you’re hungry, get some authentic and iconic Kedah’s food at Warong Ulu Sedaka.
Ulu Sedaka is a village located in Yan, Kedah and is a popular destination for tourists who would like to experience the sugar palm drink that is usually accompanied with delicious food like peknga, laksa and pulut pekasam.
If you’re into traditional Kedah food, find a seat at Warong Ulu Sedaka’s Lepak Santai subcluster.
Gelanggang Pantai Merdeka
Located in Kuala Muda, Kedah, Pantai Merdeka is a popular retreat for locals and tourists to enjoy, especially for picnics and family time. Nearby Pantai Merdeka, there are a few fisherman’s village like Tanjung Dawai, Telok Nipah and Kampung Pulau Sayak that is also popular with anglers.
Gelanggang Pantai Merdeka in MADA’s Kampung Pulau Pisang is where you go for recreation as well as playing traditional childhood games like congkak, getah atas para and dam aji gergasi with your families or friends.
Visit Gelanggang Pantai Merdeka as part of Hobby & Recreation subcluster.
Pelantaq Gunung Keriang
Yes, it is spelled as Pelantaq Gunung Keriang and you have to say it in the Kedahan accent too.
Gunung Keriang is a hill located in the middle of Kedah’s paddy-barn. At the height of 217.92 metres, Gunung Keriang is knows as Kedah’s unique geological heritage and is a location of many art and cultural activities.
If you’re into art and culture, Pelantaq Gunung Keriang at the AgroCulture subcluster will be there to entertain you throughout the day.
LAMAN PADI at MAHA 2018
As I arrived at MAHA 2018’s LAMAN PADI, it certainly takes me back to one of my favourite childhood memories when I like to follow my late Grandad to his paddy field and look at the yellow paddy in the horizon.
LAMAN PADI (Paddy Site) is where visitors can find information on Malaysia’s own paddies, imported paddies, stages of paddy (as seen on the field in real life), games, muzeum and many more. If you’re into playing football in a muddy field, do inform the management, they more than welcome a good game of muddy-football. Visitors can also experience a ride on the bullcart that are traditionally used to soften the ground before seeds are sown into the ground.
If you’re interested in becoming an entrepreneur in this field, there are also machines on display at LAMAN PADI that you can purchase to produce your own brand of rice. Think big and think outside the box, guys.
In my case, I had a lot of fun seeing my friends riding the bullcart and got sprayed with some muddy water (LOL).
PAVILION NEGERI (STATE PAVILION) At MAHA 2018
What is Pavilion Negeri (State Pavilion)?
As the name suggests, State Pavilion is where you can find all thirteen (13) states of Malaysia showcasing the uniqueness of their own state to visitors of MAHA 2018. If you did not have the chance to travel all over Malaysia, then the State Pavilion could be your “short getaway”, where you will find many iconic and unique products and services that is special to each of Malaysia’s 13 states.
So, don’t miss out on visiting the State Pavilion at MAHA 2018!
Not forgetting to mention, if you so happen to go to Hall C where the AgroTourism products such as food, handicrafts, and more, are sold, you should visit the MADA AgroTourism booths too. At the same time, this year MADA is also selling their own product that is quite popular among visitors – Mango and Pineapple Cordial. Don’t forget to try the MangoPine drink that is sold there!