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Goa, India: School kids to be trained in urban gardening

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:10
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1. Short title and commencement.— (i) The scheme shall be called “Development of Kitchen Gardens”.

The Times of India
Oct 31, 2016

Panaji: Students in Goa will be soon taught to grow food in the comforts of their homes. Schools in Goa do not incorporate food education into their curricula, but, as a welcome change, the department of agriculture will be introducing this subject at select institutions in the state, after the Diwali vacations.

“We are going to have students grow vegetables within the school campus. This is to inculcate the interest of cultivation among them,” said director, agriculture, Ulhas Pai Kakode.

He added that schools with inadequate space can attempt teaching children on the terrace area as well. As part of this programme, agriculture officers will distribute free farming kits among students and teachers, and train them in the art of urban gardening. The kit will contain 16 items useful in the process of cultivation, including vegetable seeds, bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, vermi-compost, spray pump, etc.

Currently, the department is in the process of identifying certain schools to kick-start this initiative.

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Here is The Dept of Agriculture, Government of Goa, official policy describing the program.

Official Gazette Government of Goa
Sept 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Considering the above facts, producing our own vegetable requirement in our backyard using available fresh water as well as kitchen waste water has become the need of the hour. This will not only facilitate the prevention of unused water in stagnated condition which may be hazardous to our health though environmental pollution, but can be useful for successful production of our requirement of vegetables through our physical effort which forms a regular exercise to our body.

1. Short title and commencement.

(i) The scheme shall be called “Development of Kitchen Gardens”.

(ii) The scheme shall come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force till it is withdrawn.

(iii) The scheme shall cover all talukas of the State of Goa.

2. Objectives.

(1) To inoculate the interest in agriculture to the family including school going children.

(2) To expose the children to actual cultivation of vegetables rather than reading it in the books thereby creating interest in agriculture and add to their knowledge of cultivating vegetables/farming.

(3) To increase the production of vegetables in the state reducing the dependency on neighbouring states.

3. Eligibility criteria.— (1) Any school/ /college/Educational Institution having area for cultivation with available fresh water.

4. Pattern of assistance.

(I) Training:— In order to provide the technical aspects of the kitchen garden kit it is proposed to conduct half day training to the school faculty and children. Each of these trainings would cover how to prepare soil mixtures, how to raise seedlings, preparation of grow bags, arrangement of grow bags, selection of vegetables, pattern of sowing/planting, cropping pattern and tips of cultivation.

(II) Kitchen garden vegetable kits:— Each of these kits would be restricted to Rs. 5000/- and would contain polythene bags, coco peat bricks, vegetable seeds polythene spread sheet in case of terrace garden, bio fer tilizer, bio pesticides, plastic hand sprayer, garden tools, pro tray, water soluble fertilizers, organic manure, vermicompost, plastic rose can, technical booklet. The kitchen garden kits would be supplied free of cost.

5. Guidelines & procedures.

(1) The Zonal Agriculture Officer would select the school/ /college/Educational Institution having sufficient area and impart sufficient training to faculty and students before the vegetable kit is supplied.

(2) Selected students from the school/ /college/Educational Institution would be provided kits free of cost.

(3) Each selected school/college/Educational Institution will be eligible for fresh kit once in two years.

6. Interpretation.— If any question arises regarding interpretation of any clause, word, expression of the scheme, the decision shall lie with the Government, which shall be final and binding on all concerned.

See the complete Gazette here.

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