Brinjal On Your Balcony, Beetroot In Your Backyard

By TheHindu on 02 Jul 2015

Do you have a bit of space in your backyard, terrace, balcony or even inside the house and wish to grow pesticide-free vegetables? It's not impossible. You can get help on urban farming from Biodiversity Conservation India Ltd. (BCIL) and the agro scientists of Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (GKVK).

Urban farming is a process to grow food plants within urban spaces such as terraces, backyards and inside homes. The Future of Food, an initiative to encourage it, was launched by the BCIL and GKVK on Friday.

Free workshop

To start with, a two-hour free workshop for students and those interested will be held every Sunday at St. Joseph's College. The first workshop is on July 17 at 11 a.m.

BCIL Chief Executive Officer Chandrashekar Hariharan told presspersons here that the daily vegetable requirement for each person was about a kilogram. Bangalore, with a population of over 80 lakh, is dependent on places that are over 40 km away to source its vegetable needs.

With urban farming, he pointed out that three kg per day of vegetables can be grown for at least 300 days even in a 200-sq.ft space. The city has at least 2 lakh houses where this system can be implemented.

Make your choice

Among the vegetables that can be grown at home are tomatoes, brinjal, chillies, capsicum, lady's finger, beans, radish, beetroot, carrot and cucumber.

Urban farming also contributes to food security, food safety and nutrition security, apart from financial security, he said.

“We intend to reach over 2,000 students — and in turn 2,000 households — by the end of this year,” he added.

For details, contact Biodiversity Conservation India, 397, 13{+t}{+h}Cross, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore 560080, or call 8431848224 or email roshan.rao@ecobcil.com.