Delhi government set to partner with IARI for urban farming plan

Delhi government will tie up with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) to impart special training to people for growing fruits and vegetables for self-consumption, and as an entrepreneurial venture under its Smart Urban Farming Initiative, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday. The Delhi Cabinet approved the Smart Urban Farming Initiative, which will benefit nearly 25,000 families in the first year from the 1,000 workshops that will be conducted.

Under Smart Urban Farming Initiative, Delhi Government will train people to grow fruits and vegetables for both self-consumption and as an entrepreneurship venture. Smart Urban Farming will emerge as a unique solution to generate employment in Delhi," he said during a digital media briefing.

The chief minister said experts would be hired at a large scale under the scheme, and the government would tie up with IARI to impart special training. "Nearly 400 awareness workshops and 600 entrepreneurship training programs will be organized across Delhi under the initiative. We hope that about 25,000 families in the national capital will benefit from the Smart Urban Farming Initiative in its first year," he stressed.

Kejriwal said that they had announced the urban farming initiative in the state budget. Noting that urban farming is a unique project where people from all walks of life can start small-scale farming of fruits and vegetables within the confines of their balconies and terraces, he said that the government would support urban farmers with seeds and other essentials.

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