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India: Hyderabad Government campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming

“The potential capacity to produce more than 50 lakh kg vegetables and fruits by the households in twin cities and in the suburban areas should be garnered by adopting urban farming,” he averred

By VRC Phaniharan
The Hans India
Aug 19,2017

Excerpt:

The Telangana Horticulture Department is all set to launch a unique campaign to increase the green cover as well as provide organic vegetables daily to the city residents.

Dubbed as ‘Own and Produce Your Oxygen’, the mass awareness campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming.

Explaining the twin benefits from the programme, Horticulture Department Commissioner L Venkatrami Reddy said the city has been witnessing increase in pollution affecting the health of people.

“An effective way of tackling it is to increase green cover wherever possible and to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide by increasing oxygen in the city’s atmosphere,” he added. However, this could not be done only by the civic bodies growing avenue plantation, developing lung spaces like parks and other green belts in the city. Taking into consideration these aspects, the department had hit on the idea to encourage the Urban Farming in the twin cities.

“The potential capacity to produce more than 50 lakh kg vegetables and fruits by the households in twin cities and in the suburban areas should be garnered by adopting urban farming,” he averred

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