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India: Jaipur Municipal Corporation is framing bylaws for making terrace vegetable farming mandatory

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The official further said a variety of vegetables, including leafy ones, tomatoes, brinjal and chillies can be grown on the terrace with the help of the kit, which is available in the market.

By Ajay Singh
Times of India
Feb 3, 2016

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“Under the smart city mission, we are working on framing bylaws to make city terraces green. We picked this cue from some foreign countries where partially covering the rooftops of new buildings with plants or solar panels is a must. We are planning to replicate the same in Jaipur,” says Ashutosh Pednekar, chief executive officer (CEO), JMC.

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February 7, 2016   No Comments

India: Bengaluru Nuclear Medicine Doctor Cultivates Her Urban Garden

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She hopes that a day might come when she would be able to reach a level of sustainability where there is no need to buy vegetables and greens from the market.

By Sahana Prasad
Deccan Herald
Jan 29, 2016

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A green patch houses leafy vegetables and medicinal plants like spinach, amaranthus, insulin plant, basale, doddapatre, bramhi, amrutaballi and others.

“Ours is a zero-waste home. We recycle almost everything. Vegetable scraps are composted and I have introduced earthworms in that area, which produce rich vermicompost. Bokashi (a fancy Japanese way of making a compost activator) may be a little tedious for beginners, but it helps in quicker composting. Jeevamruta is a microorganism-rich concoction made in our backyard regularly using cow dung.”

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February 3, 2016   No Comments

Karnataka, India: The State Horticulture Department is also successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas

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When Mhon Chumi Humtsoe shifted to Bengaluru 15 years ago, she dearly missed the greenery back home in Nagaland. She hoped to create some space for herself and toiled to put up a terrace garden on her rented premises.

According to the Department statistics, over 50,000 households have benefitted from the project in the last two years. This year it aims to reach about 20,000 households spread over 30 districts of the State. Despite all these efforts, less than 10 per cent of our terraces have gardens on them.

By Radha Prathi
Deccan Herald
August 25, 2015

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If one is under the impression that only civil society organisations and enterprising individuals are working towards the green goal, then one must stand corrected. The State Horticulture Department is also successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas. Kavitha A S, senior assistant director at the Horticulture Department, Dharwad (ZP), has been actively initiating the urban population in her jurisdiction towards having a green space of their own. She explains that the government conducts demonstration on the subject in public places like parks, hostels and open grounds. Sometimes, they also arrange guest lectures by local people who have been successful in this venture.

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February 1, 2016   No Comments

In Bengaluru, India, They Sow, Nurture and Colour the Yard Green

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Hariram Pagadala Sreenath started gardening at young but got engaged in the hustle-bustle Bengaluru lifestyle.

Vyas Sivanand gets four urban gardeners and organic farmers to share tips with beginners

By Vyas Sivanand
Indian Express
23rd January 2016

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Padma Kesari, a 49-year-old homemakre, lives in JP Nagar. After her two children went abroad for higher studies in 2013, she started her journey with gardening.

She has a piece of 5,600-sq ft residential plot in Sahakar Nagar, where she grows vegetables, fruits and flowers without pesticides or other chemicals. Her main objective is to keep the plot litter-free and address the concern of the food we eat and where it comes from. This is also her effort to retain the city’s green cover.

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January 30, 2016   Comments Off on In Bengaluru, India, They Sow, Nurture and Colour the Yard Green

Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).

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22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Dr. Shiraz Wajih
Gorakhpur Environment Action Group (GEAG)

We are pleased to inform you about the National Conference on ‘Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).

GEAG is organising this Conference in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Government of India and RUAF Foundation, The Netherlands, and with support of The Rockefeller Foundation. The other strategic partners in the conference are ISET-International, CANSA and India Water Portal. The National Conference will be held on 22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.

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January 29, 2016   Comments Off on Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).

Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India Promote Urban Agriculture

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View of Dal Lake, Srinagar city and Kashmir valley.

Keeping the scope of urban agriculture in view Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-Jammu) is creating awareness on urban agriculture among the urban and peri-urban people of the province.

Dr.Banarsi Lal
Daily Excelsior
Jan 22, 2016

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Agriculture is the mainstay of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy. About 80 per cent of J&K population depends on agriculture. The total geographical area of this state is 2, 22, 236 sq. km and the population is 1, 25, 48,926 (Census 2011). Over the years, the farmers of the state have adopted new agricultural technologies but still the state is having low productivity of almost all the crops. Like other states of the country, people from rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir are migrating towards the urban areas.

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January 26, 2016   Comments Off on Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India Promote Urban Agriculture

Mumbai Urban Farms

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Pooja Patel meets three people who have created their little, terrace farms in this vertically expanding city despite the many highs and lows of creating them

By Pooja Patel
dnaIndia
10 Jan 2016

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For Meher Salam, mother of two boys, Mahmood and Bilal, the love for farming started two decades ago. She began in her balcony by growing vegetables in small pots, enjoyed taking care of the plants and loved watching them grow. As the plants grew bigger, her passion to add more plants grew. But with restricted space of the balcony, Meher found it difficult to pursue it.

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January 15, 2016   Comments Off on Mumbai Urban Farms

Idle land in Kollam City, India now a banana farm

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Mayor V. Rajendrababu inaugurating the harvest of banana crops cultivated under the ATMA scheme at Uliyakovil in Kollam city on Monday.— Photo: C. Suresh Kumar.

A small function was held at the plot to herald the harvest and the main reason for that is to encourage people to use idle land for farming.

By Ignatius Pereira
The Hindu
Jan 12, 2016

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The two-acre plot at Uliyakovil in Kollam city, which was lying idle for years with overgrown shrubbery and infested with rodents, is now a rich plantation with 1,000 banana plants ready for harvest.

The harvest was formally inaugurated by Mayor V. Rajendrababu in the evening on Monday.

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January 14, 2016   Comments Off on Idle land in Kollam City, India now a banana farm

Terrace gardeners spread green message in Vijayawada, India

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Rambabu Karri, an organic farming expert, interacting with participants at a workshop on ‘Terrace Organic Farming’ in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Terrace farming is growing at a fast pace, especially in metros, with people realising the importance of organic products.

The Hindu
Dec 14, 2015

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Surendranath Majety, the guiding force behind the workshop, said the workshop would deal with fundamental aspects of farming on terraces and roofs of buildings without using chemicals and growing vegetables sufficient for a medium size family. “One should have safe and chemical-free vegetables at affordable cost on one’s plate. Terrace farming is growing at a fast pace, especially in metros, with people realising the importance of organic products and also putting to use vacant space in their houses for productive and healthy purposes,” he said.

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December 21, 2015   Comments Off on Terrace gardeners spread green message in Vijayawada, India

Organic city farms set to bloom in Kochi, India

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People taking up organic farming in the city do no have previous experience in farming. They are retired hands, homemakers, students, etc., and need guidance and quality inputs, says scientist.

By K. A. Martin
The Hindu
Dec 10, 2015

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The manual, available on the website, www.kvkernakulam.org.in, is a ready reckoner for anyone wanting to take up organic farming and simply explains the activities from day one to 100.

It can be used to start farming activities even in confined spaces. For instance, if a 100 sq. ft space is available either on the terrace or in a backyard, 100 growbags can be accommodated to grow vegetables like okra, amaranthus, green chilly, paalak, capsicum, cabbage, cauliflower, curry leaves, brinjal etc., says KVK-trained supplier of growbags and seedlings, Jayan Edavanakkad.

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December 16, 2015   Comments Off on Organic city farms set to bloom in Kochi, India

Rooftop farmers in Mumbai reap rich harvests

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Growing tribe: Two terrace farms — Don Bosco School campus in Matunga (left) and Bhavan’s campus in Andheri — are part of a growing community that create new green spaces in Mumbai despite the city’s space crunch.

Urban farmers do their bit to make the city a cleaner, greener place to live

By Jayant Sriram
The Hindu
Dec 6, 2015

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For several years Preeti Patil, a catering officer with the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), saw the waste being generated from her canteen simply being trucked away, wondering how it could have been put to better use.

In 2000, the MbPT let her use the terrace above the kitchen at Victoria Dock to start a terrace garden. In the years that followed, the garden flourished, housing over a 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables.

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December 6, 2015   Comments Off on Rooftop farmers in Mumbai reap rich harvests

India: Haryana wants Delhi peri-urban farms to feed city, eyes Beijing model

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Women walk in a mustard field in a village near Jhajjar, the northern state of Haryana. Reuters/Kamal Kishore.

To develop NCR areas in Haryana on China’s peri-urban model, state officials believe the Union government could be persuaded to provide financial aid to create the infrastructure that promotes and facilitates need-based agriculture activity.

By Sukhbir Siwach,
Times of India
Nov 28, 2015,

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CHANDIGARH: Aiming to supply fresh vegetables, fruits, milk and fish to Delhi, the Haryana government is contemplating the creation of a peri-urban agriculture area in NCR, the way China has built one around Beijing.

The China model impressed a high-level delegation from Haryana that visited the country to study best practices in agriculture.

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December 6, 2015   Comments Off on India: Haryana wants Delhi peri-urban farms to feed city, eyes Beijing model

India: Farms in concrete jungle

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Apart from the urban poor, people like government officials, teachers and small businessmen are quite active in urban agriculture.

By Rakesh Kumar
The Statesman
19 November, 2015

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This is not a story of one Yadav, there are many such people in Delhi, who want to dedicate some time in farming, growing seasonal vegetables and crops. These green fingers may be growing vegetables as a hobby and limited to personal usage, but their efforts are collectively adding to what is called urban agriculture. One can find these hobby-driven farmers cultivating vegetables like onion, tomato, potato or mint on land around their houses, roof-tops, empty plots or in a park. They also use free public space along roads and railway lines.

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November 25, 2015   Comments Off on India: Farms in concrete jungle

One Man Has Started the ‘Terrace Garden’ Revolution in Bangalore, India that Could Save Our Cities!

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2,000 square-foot of organic vegetables. These include Beans, Tomato, Lady Finger, a great variety of Greens, Chillies, Broad Beans, Chayote (locally known as chow chow), Double Beans and Yard Long Beans. Bottle gourd, Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Cucumber and Green Hyacinth Beans are grown on a rotation basis. Sweet Lime, Custard Apple, Mango, and Apple saplings are bearing fruits.

By Divya Dwaraknath
Diva
Oct 15, 2015

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Harish Mysore, an electronics engineer by profession and avid (terrace) gardener by passion, traces his interest in gardening to his childhood spent in Nanjangud, Mysore. As a child, he spent all his vacations in the paddy fields, farms and coconut garden owned by his grandmother. Saplings of fruits like Guava, Mango, Pomegranate and Sapota (chickoo) would find their way from Lalbagh Botanical garden to be planted at Nanjangud.

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October 26, 2015   Comments Off on One Man Has Started the ‘Terrace Garden’ Revolution in Bangalore, India that Could Save Our Cities!

The Kitchen Gardener, Bangalore, India: How Harish Mysore grew his ‘Temple on a Terrace’

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Kitchen Gardener Harish Mysore talks about his four decade long tryst with gardening.

By Rashmi Ramesh
The Alternative
Oct 6, 2015

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In June 2014, the passion resurfaced and Harish decided to build a full-fledged terrace garden on the second floor and ensured that every inch of space was covered in fresh greenery within three months. And this time, the garden, which has now come to be known as Temple on Terrace, had a difference—he only grew completely organic vegetables without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Even his mother, who cannot even walk very well, wants to climb up to the second floor to catch a glimpse of the living result of her son’s hard work.

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October 15, 2015   Comments Off on The Kitchen Gardener, Bangalore, India: How Harish Mysore grew his ‘Temple on a Terrace’