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India: Hyderabad holds lessons: How to grow your food in your home garden

V S Kumar (left) Naresh R (right), Rythu Mitra Garden Center. Pic: Rythu Mitra

Telangana Horticulture Department, “Hyderabad rooftops have an area of 60,000 square metres approximately. If 50% of this area is converted into rooftop gardens, shortages and health issues can both be overcome.”

By Kolla Krishna Madhavi
Citizen Matters
Jan 12, 2021

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In a detailed project report of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, titled Raftar 2020, the Telangana Horticulture Department points out, “One third of the population of Telangana State stays in and around Hyderabad city, creating huge and continuous demand for supply of vegetables. Urbanization is one of the major constraints in expansion of the vegetable area.”

Urban gardening also seeks to minimize the carbon footprint associated with mass production, by localizing produce supply. It helps reduce the amount spent on purchasing vegetables and fruits and adds to the biodiversity by encouraging birds and insects to flourish. It can also nurture people’s social skills.

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January 14, 2021   No Comments

India: How to Grow 63 Varieties of Vegetables on Your Terrace Using a Few Buckets & Fish

Since 2016, Pune-based Sameer has been growing vegetables using aquaponics, and has experimented with different kinds of fish to refine his technique

By Himanshu Nitnaware
Better India
Dec 28, 2020

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Sameer says the vegetables grown on the upper tub, while the fish live in another tub installed below. The water from the lower tub is pumped upwards to water the plants, which again drains down into the lower tub for recycling.

Sameer has experimented with different types of fish to refine his technique. These include the catfish, guppy, rohu, katla, and koi. “Koi helps yield the highest amount of produce, but is expensive,” he says. Apart from fish, the entrepreneur-turned-farmer has also worked on methods to balance the water and nutrition content for the plants.

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January 4, 2021   Comments Off on India: How to Grow 63 Varieties of Vegetables on Your Terrace Using a Few Buckets & Fish

Sri Lanka encourages home gardening as Covid-19 takes toll

Several public figures including politicians, cricketers and social influencers were seen engaged in planting vegetable and fruit plants in their gardens. Here in the picture, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa with his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa is seen planting a plant.

“To address the future demand for fruit and vegetables, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Agriculture introduced a home gardening programcalled SaubhagyaGewatta (Prosperous Home Gardens),” Perera said. The program aims to develop one million home gardens.

Economy Next
Dec 19, 2020

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A 75 percent of Sri Lankans are ready to continue the lifestyles taken up under the harsh conditions of COVID-19 enforced lockdowns during which many moved to home and rooftop gardening, SumedhaPerera Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture said.

“Sri Lankans have changed their attitudes and practices along with the effect of COVID-19 outbreak,” Perera said speaking at a panel discussion organised by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

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December 23, 2020   Comments Off on Sri Lanka encourages home gardening as Covid-19 takes toll

India: Pune man grows veggies on rooftop without soil or digging

Sameer aims to spread awareness about the need to grow one’s own food instead of buying vegetables from commercial farms that are laden with pesticide. 

Times of India
Dec 15, 2020

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Over the years, he has grown 46 types of vegetables without any soil and need for digging. “The fish do all the work. The farm recirculates the water system, recreating river water conditions. The urea-laden water from the fish contains ammonia, which is good for the plants, and the clean water is given back to the fish. The crops are also 100% pesticide free, since I cannot use anything poisonous because it will harm the fish as well,” said the 38-year-old.

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December 18, 2020   Comments Off on India: Pune man grows veggies on rooftop without soil or digging

India: Urban Agriculture

Indian is blessed in one way……we don’t import food from outside, unlike Gulf countries where the population depends entirely on food imports.

By D Chandrasekharam
Times of India
Dec 7, 2020

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UA As the name implies, farming within the urban area. With a growing population, the land-use pattern is compelling the population to adopt this method for food security. The sustainability of UA is through the network within communities. During the past year, during the COVID period, UA has increased its importance. Besides vegetables, the domain is expanding to bee-keeping and horticulture as well. In mega-cities like Mumbai UA is creeping into peri-urban areas also. Nearly 30% of the urban population is engaged in UA activity who are actively involved in the food for sale business.

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December 13, 2020   Comments Off on India: Urban Agriculture

India: Growing your own food in lockdown

“Kitchen gardening is not just therapeutic, but it makes you conscious about the labour that goes into producing your food and respecting those who cultivate yours,” said Aditi.

By Niyati Parikh
Times of India
Dec 7, 2020

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For instance, Nishi Dave, an entrepreneur, who lives in an apartment began kitchen-gardening more passionately since the lockdown. “I had read a lot about microgreens and their nutritional value and always wanted to try them. During the lockdown I experimented with certain vegetables and yielded a good harvest. For instance, radish isn’t available before winters but I was thrilled to be able to cultivate through micro-greens at home,” said Dave, who grows parsley, coriander, lemon grass, spinach and chillies in pots of various sizes in her apartment balcony.

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December 12, 2020   Comments Off on India: Growing your own food in lockdown

India: Gardens flower in vacant plots in Bengaluru

Children Planting in a Vacant Plot.

“The harvest will be charged Rs 100 for a bag containing two papaya, half-a-dozen bananas and two drumsticks for the residents of the block. The money will again go to the maintenance of the garden.”

By Hita Prakash,
Deccan Herald
Dec 1 2020

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Any resident of Bengaluru knows that a vacant plot is never vacant in the city. It invariably becomes a garbage dumping site and, sometimes, a public urinal.

Now, residents in upscale Koramangala have come up with a novel solution to deal with the chronic problem: community gardens. Residents of 1st Block are growing veggies, fruits and flowers for their own consumption in vacant sites in their neighbourhood, in an initiative of striking ingenuity.

‘Pratham Community Gardens’, a brainchild of Koramangala Residents Welfare Association (KRWA), is being implemented in three places on 60X40 dimension plots.

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December 6, 2020   Comments Off on India: Gardens flower in vacant plots in Bengaluru