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This study was conducted in Kampung Sri Dahlia Felda Jengka Tiga, Pahang and FELDA Pasoh Tiga Negeri Sembilan to identify the types of crops often grown in the house compounds, the usage made of these plants, and other activities relating to the background of residing therein. The data collection was done using surveys and observations. Two hundred respondents were interviewed by using questionnaire method that covered demographic variables, socio-economic status, leisure activities, types of plants in the house, and the earnings made from the crop(s). The results from this study indicate that, plants grown could be divided into five categories: decorative plants to meet the needs of aesthetics, spice plants used as a source of daily cooking, fruits which are used for food and extra income, plants and herbs which are sometimes required during emergencies or infections. It was found that there is a significant correlation between income and type of plants grown in the house compound, number of family members and the type of plants, and age of the residents and plant species. Each part of space in the compound- in front, side or rear of the house- has its own significance and can be identified with the main crop grown. A number of respondents also use the house compound for other agricultural activitiesâ€“rearing of goats, poultry or fish for supplementing their incomes.
Keywords: plants, house compound, importance of plants & FELDA
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