When my friends ask me to come along to the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism (MAHA) 2016 at MAEPS, Serdang, I was like, ok, yeah… whatever….why not… might just be great to kill some time and get some exercise in the process…
Little did I know I was in for a rewarding, educational and fun filled day …. If I knew it was this case, I would have been here days before… hahahah, and again….
The MAHA 2016 covered a pretty vast area at the MAEPS, Serdang… I brought my 12 year old daughter and she had so much fun, it was practically like a day at the theme park… in this case the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism theme park…, although just a temporary one… hahah
There was just so much to see, do, learn and experience! With the theme ‘Our Food Our Future’ the event is was happening since the 1st of December until the 11th December 2016, 10 am – 10 pm at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS). Yeah, since I JUST posted this today the 10th December, tomorrow would be the last day, so be there or be square… thousands of people have thronged MAEPS over the past few days to visit MAHA2016 and have left suitably rewarded with amazing experience for the whole family and also a plethora of all kinds of food…
Everyone knows agriculture is one of the vital industries in any country and so this event, which is held along with The Farmers, Livestock Producers and Fishermen’s Day (HPPNK) programme, is all about promoting agriculture and agro-based industries in our country…..
MAHA 2016 is also focusing a lot on agrotourism, agro trade and agro lifestyle, along with the latest innovations and technological advancements as well as doing their best in motivating young business minded people to try their hand in agro-based industries so that the industry propel to new heights. We had a chance to see some of these young people at the Pink camp brought from Universities, NGOs etc, these people were given lessons, basic skills training and had a great time during the few days camp around the MAHA2016 area….
Everyone who comes for this expo can definitely find lots of fun, food, activities for all ages and plenty of business opportunities in this interesting 11-day event. For those keen to know more, the opportunity to network and learn the latest agricultural methods and innovations and also take part in a movement that will hopefully propel our lovely country Malaysia into being a leader in the agricultural revolution taking place around the world.
I fell in love with the interesting NAFAS Cube, that came with comfortable rooms etc and have stayed in one of these chic and colourful container styled accommodation which can be pretty comfy… and this one is no different… the rooms furnished inside the containers, tents and concrete pipes/tubes are just so luxuriously comfy too!
FYI, NAFAS Cube is a collaboration project between National Farmers Organization (NAFAS) and Mardi. I know I want to spend a night here given a chance… hahaha … at this newly opened ‘hotel’.
Surrounded with lush greenery, Nafas Cube would be a perfect getaway for couples and small families, or folks looking for different kind of staycation and a change of environment for a little bit..
The prices of the various styled rooms ranges from RM120 for the tent styled room to RM250 for the oh so luxurious Container (VVIP) rooms. Not bad huh…. heheheh
Nafas Cube is a great place to hang out for a day or two… and you can cycle around the area, go jungle trekking and they have plans to start fishing activities as well as kayakking and boating activities in the lake..
My daughter and I got to visit My DOF Valley (Laman Perikanan), where there was this awesome tank that has a complete eco-system by UGC. They created this mini greenhouse system to replicate the tropical rainforest. We were all practically oohing and aahing at the tank as well, you can grow any plant you want, and create the right habitat for it. And oh gosh…. you can make it all misty, or rain and even a mini thunderstorm happen in the aquarium.
We then headed to the Tuna exhibit where we got to taste tuna floss on bun and tuna satay which surprisingly taste like chicken…
Dang… when I mean a theme park, I really meant it as there was also a Shark Kingdom here where you get swallowed into the exhibit by a shark… hahahah into a fascinating mini Aquaria inside where there’s turtles, sharks, some taxidermied dugong and Irrawady dolphin and plenty of info on sea life inside. You can even play around with some marine life.
We also got to check out some of the most expensive fish you can eat…makes my eyes water just thinking of paying RM1800 for 1 kg of the Ikan Empurau….
Be sure to check out the Laman Padi Bernas information centre, where you will get to learn all about how rice is made here in Malaysia. It was damn fascinating learning everything you need to know about the different types of rice, how they’re produced and the looks of it. And ahhhh….
How to make the traditional bedak sejuk by dripping liquid rice on cloth….
…it was also fun seeing people play football in the mud also… hahahah
The Pineapple Planet at Pusat Informasi Nanas was fascinating…hahaha… hell.. I did not know there was a MD2 pineapple variant that is known for its sweetness and no black “eyes”. Wah… must buy this pineapple from now on… because I am one of those idiots who do not know how to cut those black “eyes” out and so I never buy pineapples… hahahaha.
We also checked out fellow blogger’s pineapple drink which was just so yummy and chockful of goodness …
We then headed to see the machines… at the machinery showcase..
…and well we got to try some pretty yummy desserts from the Strawberry and Jackfruit ice cream to a delicious corn drink from Klebang…
My daughter being an animal lover loved the livestock farms ….. This place is heaven to her… where she met some handsome and hunky cows…. Hahahah….
Well… these cows are known as the Sado Cattle and ‘sado’ in Malay means hunky or macho…(also known as the Belgian Blue) which is a breed of beef cattle that can produce double muscling.
The Dairy Valley’s booth have plenty of milk…so do drop by and try their milk curd, ice cream , cow’s milk and goat’s milk or even indulge in a bowl of cendol served with milk instead of coconut milk…
From there we went to the Vegetable garden where we learn all about vegetable planting techniques, and checked out an amazing plethora of colourful and unique vegetables,…
I know I loved that green tunnel with all the gourds, pumpkins and melon hanging from above..……though it was a little bit of an effort maneuvering the umbrella through this as it was raining when we were there…
From there we visited the mini Kelulut bee farm…Kelulut are stingless bees whose honey can be very healthy and of course, pricey…
…and we got an opportunity to sip the Kelutut honey directly from the Kelulut bee hive, which is pretty scary but cool. The raw honey is not too overpoweringly sweet and slightly sour and chockful of antioxidants.
One of the major highlights of MAHA 2016 was the Flower area and the Upin Ipin section as well, but I had to rush home to do something and had to miss out on it… MAHA2016 is huge and one day is not enough to really enjoy everything…I was there from as early as 9am to 5pm and I barely covered half the area..
MAHA 2016 is definitely the place to be and also an amazing place to shop for food and produces at the AgroLifestyle booths. You will definitely be spoilt for choices of where to go first and the selection of food, hahaha…..
Most Astounding Crowd Timelapse MAHA 2016
Most Beautiful Night Scene Timelapse MAHA 2016
Most Breathtaking View Timelapse MAHA 2016
Most Crowded Timelapse MAHA 2016 @FOODEMPIRE
And from these time lapse videos you can tell how popular and crowded MAHA2016 was….In total, a whooping 3.7 million people turned up to visit this fair…
I know I am so looking forward to the next one. For more information on MAHA 2016 (Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism) , head over to the official website at www.maha.gov.my
Address – MAEPS Secretariat Building MARDI Headquarters, 43400 Seri Kembangan, Selangor