The Department of Horticulture has decided to inculcate interest in farming and greenery among students at a young age, through kitchen gardening. For this, they are distributing gardening kits in 500 schools in and around Mangalore.
Kitchen gardens, which used to be a crucial part of traditional households, will now get another chance of revival as the Department of Horticulture has decided to introduce kitchen gardening in 500 schools of the Karnataka.
The department has already distributed free gardening kits consisting of seedlings and seeds of vegetables to 100 schools each in Mangalore, Puttur and Belthangady taluks.
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Each kit has two varieties of tissue-cultured banana, Naendra and G-9, two seedlings of drumstick, two seedlings of papaya, a seedling of coconut and seeds of about 10 different vegetables. These kits will be further distributed in other taluks shortly.
The produce from such kitchen gardens can be used by schools for mid-day meals or can also be distributed among students.
The department also conducted a day long training for school authorities to make them understand the basics of kitchen gardening. The initiative was launched to inculcate interest in farming among students at a young age.
Both public and private schools were selected based on their interest in taking up the initiative.