Agriculture clinic in city tastes success
08th April 2013
A city-based agriculture clinic, ‘Tabs Green Tech’, gives you a chance to develop an interest in agriculture and extend vegetable farming to household rooftops.
The agri clinic in the city provides consultation for those interested in farming. The efforts of a retired agricultural officer, along with the State Horticulture Department, on various agricultural projects have been tasting success all these years. Their latest project is the launch of rooftop vegetable farming in households in the city by providing training and consultancy, along with sales and services.
Thomas Mammen, a 65-year-old, has spent his retired life on cultivation in his house and conducting classes. After 28 years of service in the Agricultural Department he planned to take up various projects that benefit people. Interested in farming, Mammen first he took to vegetable cultivation on his terrace.
“The project includes rooftop vegetable farming in households by providing those interested with the essentials, either in the form of training or service. The clinic started functioning on April 1. As urbanisation is taking us away from agriculture and the younger generation is totally ignorant of the same, there is a need to promote agriculture,’’ said Thomas.
“To people interested in farming, we provide grow bags with the saplings of different kinds of vegetables such as amaranthus (cheera), long beans (payar), bitter gourd (paavakka), lady’s finger (venda) , snake gourd (padavalam) and others. We would also provide them seeds and gardening tools and equipment,” he said.
The project aims at comprehensive vegetable cultivation both in the city and the rural areas. ‘’It is clear that we get only vegetables with pesticide for our daily use from shops. But by setting up a small vegetable garden in our house and using organic manure, can lessen our health worries,’’ he said.
The project has become a success in residents’ associations, especially in cities. The bags will be distributed to residents’ associations on demand as they have very less land for cultivation in their households. An advantage of the farming is that it takes very less space as the plants are grown in bags which can be kept on rooftops under sun, he said.
The New Indian Express