PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
PAU DEVELOPS MODEL FOR ROOFTOP NUTRITIONAL
GARDEN USING SOIL-LESS MEDIA
LUDHIANA, NOVEMBER 14:
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has become a pioneer in developing rooftop/terrace vegetable nutrition garden model for urban and peri- urban population using soil-less media. It requires only gross area of 20 sq m (5.5 m x 3.6 m). Depending upon the space available/family size, the size can be increased or decreased. This structure can be installed at rooftop/terrace/front/back yard.
Dr K G Singh, an expert from the Department of Soil and Water Engineering, further explained, “The developed model is user friendly, easy to operate and maintain. It can also be used for raising ornamental/medicinal plants. This enhances crop yield in much lesser space as compared to conventional soil based cultivation. The technology has been developed under All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Plasticulture Engineering and Technology, operating in the Department of Soil and Water Engineering. The vegetables produced are safe to eat and will be sufficient for a family of 2-4 persons. At present, 10 vegetables viz; tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, coriander, broccoli, spinach, pea, lettuce, fenugreek and Chinni sarson are being grown under this technology.” With staggered sowing/transplanting or staggered cutting in case of multi cut leafy vegetables, the vegetables would be available round the year. This innovation will be of great interest to garden aficionados and home makers, he added. The department intends to make it widely available through tie up with suitable fabricators, he said.
Dr Singh observed, “The common man is becoming dependent on ready to eat processed food instead of eating fresh vegetables. The trend has changed to such an extent that even a farmer prefers to buy vegetables from street vendors which are not fresh and may contain unwanted residues due to unethical practices being used in commercial production/ marketing. The model will have immense use in producing fresh vegetables as well as recreational activity.”
For more details, Dr K G Singh can be contacted at mobile no. 97795-14520.