|Trivandrum: The first batch of vegetables grown on terraces of ten select city households, as a part of Kudumbashree’s ‘Organic Green revolution’, in the heart of the city was harvested earlier this week. The harvest was inaugurated by district collector Biju Prabhakar, whose house was one among the select ten.
The ‘Organic Green Revolution’ is aimed at helping housewives cultivate vegetables using less space and time. Pilot scheme of the campaign, ‘Terrace Farming Promotional Program’, was rolled out on 7 December last year at ten households of Arayalloor Residents’ association near Valiyavila. The cultivation was done using grow bags. Thanks to the success of the pilot scheme it is planned to expand this to other parts of the district.
Kudumbhashree agriculture work force is willing to establish terrace cultivation if 15 or more houses in a residential association are ready for terrace cultivation. In this scheme 25 grow bags and organic fertilizer kit will be provided. Drip irrigation facilities will be installed by the work force and ample care will be given as the plants grow.
Collector Biju Prabhakar at his terrace garden
However, the grow bag cultivation fails if proper care isn’t given. This has been the case in several houses in the past. Kudumbhashree work force has put together this scheme to tackle this problem. Not only does terrace cultivation turn into a regular income for housewives, it also helps to provide healthy food for the family.