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India: Policy Paper – Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture

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National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, December 2013

Policy Paper Number 67
12 pages, Dec. 2013

Excerpt:

Preface

Global population will reach around nine billion by the end of 2050, of which, about 70 per cent shall be urbanized. In India, by 2050, nearly 900 million people will beliving in urban areas. With the expanding urban fringes, more and more rural areas are becoming peri-urban. Given the high population pressure, rising food prices and the socio-economic and environmental stresses, especially in the peri-urban areas, meeting the food, nutrition, health and environmental security in the urban andperi-urban areas will be a serious challenge.

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July 8, 2014   Comments Off

Students develop liking to grow kitchen gardens in Mysore, India

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Senior assistant of horticulture M S Raju said that they want to educate people in urban areas on gardening with an emphasis to organic vegetables.

Times of India
June 24, 2014

Excerpt:

Growing a kitchen garden has caught the fancy of students, entrepreneurs, homemakers, and children alike in Mysore.

P Nalme, a student who grows mushrooms at her home, said that she is particularly interested in growing organic veggies as “they are good for health”. According to Nalme, awareness must be created among youth, especially students, to take to organic farming. She thanked the horticulture department for organizing a training programme on kitchen gardening in its premises at Kukkarahalli on Sunday.

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July 6, 2014   Comments Off

Schools directed to grow vegetables, fruits in kitchen gardens in Mysore district, India

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The idea is not to minimise the expenditure on the meal programme but to develop a healthy ambience in the schools, Ningarajaiah, officer in charge of Akshara Dasoha in Mysore district, has said. Photo by M.A. Sriram.

Soon, vegetables grown in kitchen gardens by children in government schools will be used for cooking food under the mid-day meal programme — Akshara Dasoha — in the State.

By Shankar Bennur
The Hindu
May 29 2014

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The Department of Public Instruction (DPI), in its recent circular, has asked school administrations to make use of vacant space available on the school premises to grow vegetables, fruits and leaves as part of the “Maguvigondu Mara, Shalegondu Vana” programme.

Already, many government schools in Mysore district have developed gardens on their campuses and are growing vegetables that are used in cooking meals.

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June 6, 2014   Comments Off

The Indian Kitchen Gardener: It’s always Eden on Lavannya Goradia’s Bangalore terrace

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I grow about 35 different vegetables, a few fruits, plants solely for my butterfly friends and lots of herbs.

By Kavya Chandra
The Alternative
May 21, 2014

Excerpts:

I was born and brought up in Baroda and came to Bangalore to practice architecture and design. Currently I run a small studio that specialises in contemporary and environmentally friendly architecture in the city.

Gardening came from my love for cooking that draws inspiration from Jamie Oliver, especially the series of Jamie At Home! After shifting into a bigger space I had the freedom of growing many kinds of vegetables and greens and taken full advantage of my terrace. I now look forward everyday now to home-grown, clean organic produce.

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May 24, 2014   Comments Off

Indian actor Salman Khan grows potatoes, pumpkins in his kitchen garden

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Khan is an actor, producer, television presenter, and philanthropist.

By Ankur Pathak
Mumbai Mirror
Apr 8, 2014

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“Salman has been growing potatoes, tomatoes and pumpkins without using any kind of artificial fertilizers. He proudly feeds his guests dishes cooked with the vegetables grown in his kitchen garden.” The star has turned to gardening as he believes that the vegetables in the market today are laced with chemicals and can trigger serious health problems. Healthy eating is the way to a healthy lifestyle, according to the new and improved Salman Khan. But if you are thinking that the actor intends to make a quick buck out of his fresh produce, then you are mistaken. The veggies are strictly for domestic use.

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April 25, 2014   Comments Off

Dr. B.N. Vishwanath – father of organic urban terrace gardening in India

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Dr. Vishwanath says that many of his group members tell him that they don’t know what to do with their produce. It is so much that they even get tired of distributing. Photo by Murali Kumar k.

“It is important to make sustainable communities,” he argues, “importing food is second slavery.”

By Deepa Ganesh
The Hindu
Feb 22, 2014

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“During the making of this film, I suddenly remembered our days in Mysore. I would accompany my father to shop vegetables in Saraswatipuram. Small farmers grew vegetables on their land. They gave us a knife and told us to pluck whatever vegetables we needed. My father would chop fresh vegetables of the plant, and the farmer used to look into our bag and tell us how much we had to pay. As I thought of those days, the enormity of change and urbanization dawned upon me. The entomologist who advocated chemical fertilizers gradually began to fade,” he remembers.

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March 3, 2014   Comments Off

1952: Indira Gandhi watches wheat harvest in rear garden of Prime Minister’s residence – India

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Photo by James Burke. Apr 1952 LIFE. Click on image for larger version.

Teen Murti Bhavan in Delhi, India – the former residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, who stayed here for 16 years until his death in 1964.

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Excerpt: from Indira Priyadarshini, By Alaka Shankar

In early 1950, when the campaigns of ‘grow more food’ and ‘grow your own vegetables’ were launched, Indira got the front gardens and the back lawns converted into vegetable gardens and wheat fields. She supervised the cultivation. When the harvest time came, she distributed the vegetables and wheat to the servants and their families and to the senior staff and kept some for Teen Murti household.

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January 23, 2014   Comments Off

Bangalore Kitchen Gardener: Anusuya Sharma

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Anusuya Sharma in her flourishing medicinal garden.

‘Medicinal plants are all you need for good health’

Kavya Chandra
The Alternative
10 September, 2013

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Meet one of India’s most experienced kitchen gardeners – Anusuya Sharma – renowned expert on medicinal plants, author of two books on terrace gardening (‘Tarasi Tota Ondu Inuku Nota’ in 2007 and ‘Hittilu Kaitotakkondu Kaipidi’ in 2010) and winner of the Srishti Sanman award by Honey Bee’s Network National Innovation Foundation.

I am 70 years old and rarely fall sick. My garden is responsible for this and I am very grateful.”

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January 17, 2014   Comments Off

Awareness about our biodiversity should start in home gardens

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E.Gopalakrishnan with his wife G.Rani show some of the plants in their backyard that can provide a lifetime of medicinal and nutritional
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Gopalakrishnan and his wife Rani run the Sevai Children Trust, that motivates youngsters to adopt a more healthy
and natural lifestyle.

By Nahla Nainar
The Hindu
Jan 3, 2014

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The backyard in his Srinivasa Nagar home doubles as a test plot for various plant specimens with proven medicinal qualities, and highlights the natural wealth that we seem to be rather tragically dismissive about.

“You may have seen colourful advertisements on TV about costly shampoos that use oils from Amazon forest herbs to combat hair loss. But our Siddha practitioners had already told us about palai keerai, which can regenerate hair growth. Sadly the palai keerai has now been termed as endangered by the central government.

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January 12, 2014   Comments Off

India: Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai have active groups of urban farmers

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To combat increasing levels of pesticides in foods, terrace gardens across India are blooming

By Gargi Gupta
DNA
Dec 29, 2013

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Aparna George, a Bangalore-based freelance writer, grows strawberries in pots in a corner of her terrace, along with other vegetables like zucchini, lavender, carrots, beans, brinjals, cauliflower, cabbage, and palak, methi, coriander, rosemary, thyme and parsley.

George’s tryst with growing vegetables started, she reveals, around four years ago with the realisation that there are very high levels of pesticide residue in food. She began with a few pots of brinjals and tomatoes, using the organic manure she got by composting kitchen waste at home.

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January 4, 2014   Comments Off

India: ‘With my pipe garden I grow up to 22 vegetables on 1 sq ft’

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Bangalore gardener says the main challenge I faced was the monkey attacks on my crops.

By Vinay Magadi
The Alternative
Nov 26, 2013
I am a native of bangalore. I was an avid gardener from childhood. I graduated from Christ College, Bangalore (now Christ University) with botany and zoology as my subjects. I love to experiment and have taken to experimenting with various gardening techniques. The pipe garden has been the culmination of my 4 years of experimentation.

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In my childhood, we had a huge garden and all that we wanted, we grew in the garden. I had to shift to terrace gardening due to lack of space in our current residence.

I have grown a wide variety of vegetables like Maize, Kidney beans, ChowChow, Bush beans, Purple beans, Tomatoes, Cherry tomatoes, brinjals of different varieties, various greens, amorphophallus, Okra etc., in the terrace successfully.

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December 19, 2013   Comments Off

The New York Times ‘Image of the Day’ November 28

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Women working in a cauliflower field in Kolkata, West Bengal. Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Comment by Debasish Chatterjee
Calcutta, India

With vanishing greenery around the congested city of Calcutta the cultivation of Cauliflower around Eastern Bye Pass and New Town makes a wonderful difference.Amidst the concrete skyscrapers in the background the picture of the ladies working in the Cauliflower field presents a heartening picture.

December 6, 2013   Comments Off

Meet Navi Mumbai’s urban farmers

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Navi Mumbais urban farmers.

“It’s a great tool for communities to come together and be connected. It is almost spiritual.”

By Reza Noorani
Time of India
Oct 19, 2013

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Julius Rego, who runs a community farming program called Green Souls, says that in the past year that they have been active, he seen almost a thousand people come and volunteer at the St Jude’s Children home in Kharghar, where they have been allotted a farm by the Cancer Treatment Centre. “From college kids to housewives and working professionals, we have all kinds of people who come and learn,” says Julius, who has been working and learning as well as teaching organic farming techniques like compost farming and permaculture. “There is no need to spend on fertilisers and expensive composts. You can use your daily garbage in a way that it won’t stink and avail of the cheapest best compost you can ever find,” he adds.

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October 31, 2013   Comments Off

India’s Farm University Holds Seminar on Rooftop Gardening

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University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, celebrates its Golden Jubilee year with Urban Horticulture and Organic Roof Top Gardening Seminar – Oct 27, 28, 2013

Excerpt from brochure:

Urban Agriculture (Krishi) necessarily connoting the
pursuit of horticulture is now the new buzz in the life of people
of the metropolises. Gardening has always served as a balm for
these sore souls. The realm of kitchen garden – growing one’s
own food including medicine around homes and in the new
acres’ bought nearer their city homes is leading to revolutions
of sort.

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September 25, 2013   Comments Off

Banking on kitchen gardens to fight malnourishment in Karnataka State of India.

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Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR).

Plans afoot to promote urban horticulture in Gulbarga division

By B. S. SATISH KUMAR
The Hindu
Sept 8, 2013

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The State government is now banking on urban horticulture to fight malnutrition in the six districts coming under the backward Gulbarga division.

The Horticulture Department is all set to launch a project aimed at promoting kitchen gardens at the household level, urban horticulture on the premises of schools and anganwadis, and community gardens with a focus on vegetable cultivation.

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September 23, 2013   Comments Off