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India: Teacher and toddy tapper start quail farm on rooftop to survive COVID crisis

Ajayakumar and Maneesh Kumar in quail farm.

The birds survived the cold weather in Marayur and lay up to 1000 eggs a day. Quail egg fetches Rs 2.5 in the local market

By Jayan Varriath
Mathrubhumi
Feb 9, 2021

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After the COVID lockdown was imposed, both Ajayakumar and Maneesh were struggling make the ends meet. Ajayakumar is a social science teacher at a private school in Marayur. As the schools were not functioning, his income decreased. Maneesh, who is a toddy tapper, was also facing a hard time after toddy shops were closed.

At this time, the duo came to know about quail farming. They studied more about the farming techniques from their friends who were working in the same industry. They purchased 1200 quail hatchlings from Pallippuram in Cherthala.

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February 15, 2021   Comments Off on India: Teacher and toddy tapper start quail farm on rooftop to survive COVID crisis

India: Now, ‘hire’ a plot to grow your own veggies

Usha Gajapathi Raju, who initiated the eco farm concept in October, said around 50 families are now growing their own vegetables by hiring plots in the farm.

By Sulogna Mehta
Times of India
Jan 31, 2021

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Visakhapatnam: Four-year-old Tanvi had never felt so happy as on Saturday morning when her parents took her to an agricultural farm on the outskirts of the city. For the first time in her life, Tanvi picked vegetables from the field, held freshly-plucked beetroot and carrots in her hand, and even tried her hand at sowing some leafy vegetables.

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February 5, 2021   Comments Off on India: Now, ‘hire’ a plot to grow your own veggies

India: Retired Couple’s Spectacular Terrace Paradise Has Made Them ‘Gardening Gurus’

Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri couple Ex-Joint Director of Agriculture RR Suseela and Ex-Assistant Director N Madhubalan are cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers and small trees on their 1500 square foot roof garden.

The couple use farmyard manure, vermicompost, neem cake and pungam cakes as manure. They also use coconut coir, which plays a key role in providing an ideal growing environment to the plants.

By Sanjana Santhosh
Better India
Jan 20, 2021

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To set an example of how organic farming can be done easily from home, a retired couple from Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district has set up a mini forest on their rooftop. Madhubalan and his wife, R R Suseela, who both worked with the agriculture department, grow over a 100 plants in a 1,500 square foot area and have trained over 100 families in organic farming in their neighbourhood.

“While working as an agricultural officer, I had the opportunity to visit many houses and fields where farmers carry out cultivation. However, I noticed that only a few of them could take up cultivation near their homes, owing to a lack of space.

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January 26, 2021   Comments Off on India: Retired Couple’s Spectacular Terrace Paradise Has Made Them ‘Gardening Gurus’

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

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