Money Grows at Home: How Delhi Urban Farming Seeds | Delhi News

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New Delhi: The Delhi government is launching its first urban farming promotion campaign in the capital and will soon begin distributing “Urban Farming DIY (Do It Yourself) kits” to encourage people, especially women, to cultivate of vegetables and making money.
Urban agriculture is one of 20 sectors identified by the Delhi government to generate 20,000 jobs in the capital over the next five years. According to the Rozgar budget unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia last month, urban agriculture can create 25,000 new jobs in five years, especially for women.
According to officials, the government would first distribute 10,000 DIY kits – 5,000 for the summer season and 5,000 for the winter – consisting of 10 types of vegetable seeds, three types of organic fertilizer, 1kg of organic fertilizer and an information booklet on how to grow the seeds. Those items, officials said, would be carefully packaged in a kit that would bear the branding of the government program and the name of the Department of Environment and Forests, which is leading the initiative.
Sources added that Environment and Forests Minister Gopal Rai is also likely to meet various stakeholders on Monday to promote urban agriculture and encourage Delhi residents to grow vegetables on their roofs and porches. Officials added that residents are also being trained on how to grow vegetables in a small space.
“We are working on an action plan that will be rolled out at community level. Special committees would also be formed, made up of representatives from local charities, non-governmental organizations, self-help groups, women’s empowerment groups and environmental enthusiasts,” an official said, adding that the stakeholders’ suggestions would be taken into account in the government’s campaign to promote urban agriculture.
The government, officials say, has decided to involve the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, which will help impart knowledge on how to grow vegetables and food in small spaces in apartments and houses, and educate individuals.
“IRAI will help train the master trainers who will in turn train the individuals. There will be some prerequisites for those who want to be trained in urban farming,” another official said.
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