India: Pact with Pusa institute for Delhi’s urban farming plan

The Delhi government will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) in Pusa to help train women across the city in urban farming over the next two years, an ambitious plan with which the state government expects to create 25,000 ‘green jobs’, officials aware of the matter said.

The plan was first announced by Delhi environment minister. It was also mentioned by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia when he presented the Delhi Budget for 2022-23 on Saturday.

Officials said the Delhi government will also organize a conference with experts and NGOs working in the field of urban farming on April 25, following which training workshops are set to commence.

“The aim is to cover all municipal wards and IARI, along with experts from NGOs could be roped in to provide training to RWAs in each ward. Once this training is imparted, they (the trainees) will be asked to assist others in their neighborhood. A common helpline number will also be set up through which people can procure items such as manure, seeds, soil, and other essential items,” a senior Delhi government official said.

"We realized the need for urban farming to be even greater during the pandemic and the aim will be to teach people, particularly housewives how vegetables can be grown on rooftops by using simple farming techniques. There is a commercial scope to this as well and techniques such as hydroponic or aeroponic farming, which are still relatively unknown to the common man, are also going to be taught. Depending on the kind of space on people’s rooftops or terraces, different methods could be used, but the goal is to provide fresh produce and vegetables to people more easily,” said Mani

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