Bijotsav Group, Nagpur Garden Club hold kitchen garden workshop

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Mar 2017 10:30:59

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“Organic food is rich in Vitamins and enzymes and does not create any type of pollution. Hence, it is environment-friendly,” said Sharad Paliwal. He was addressing the participants of Kitchen Garden Workshop organised jointly by Nagpur Bijotsav Group and Nagpur Garden Club the other day.

Paliwal, a member of Nagpur Garden Club, emphasised that working in kitchen garden was a good exercise and it helped one increase one’s concentration and released stress. He explained how to plan a kitchen garden, ground preparation, soil mixing, and sowing methods of various seasonal vegetables. He also explained how to protect plants from diseases using organic inputs like Neem oil and buttermilk.
The workshop was held in two parts — kitchen garden and composting. It was an attempt to help people grow their own food and educate them about recycling of green waste. It got an overwhelming response from citizens of Nagpur. It was organised as part of promotion of Bijotsav to be held at Mure Memorial Hospital Lawn here from April 7 to 9. Bijotsav is an attempt to reach out to the people for the cause of sustainable and exploitation-free society, to directly connect consumers and producers, reduce exploitation in value chain.

Involvement of more and more people in kitchen gardening will help in reducing the burden on farmers and people can relish poison-free food, said Rupinder Nanda on the occasion. Nanda, who is a lecturer with Travel and Tourism Department of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, said that around 60 per cent of the waste going to landfill was bio-degradable and composting could help in reducing volume of waste going to landfills. She demonstrated process of composting and things required to prepare compost. She also explained importance of organic input to plants like ‘Jivamrut’ and method of preparing the potion that helped promote plant growth, flowering and increase in yield.

Shyamla Sanyal, Ashvini Aurangabadkar, Prachi Mahurkar, Kirti Mangrulkar, Tulika and many members of Bijotsav Group were present on this occasion.