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Udaipurites go for ‘edible terrace’ to stay healthy


Source-TOI
Udaipur: With markets flooded with pesticide-contaminated vegetables and fruits, more and more people in the city are switching to ‘edible terraces’ for solution.
Rooftop farming is gaining popularity day by day and people are converting their terraces into roof gardens where they are cultivating veggies so as to cater the daily demands of their household. Looking at the health benefits, even the district administration and Maharana Bhupal hospital (MB) authorities have taken up a proposal for rooftop farming on terraces of hospital buildings.
Though the proposal is in a nascent stage, experts have even made site visits for an estimation of expenditure. Joint collaboration with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Badgaon, is being mulled, sources said. If everything works out as projected, hospital food would taste better and healthy by the use of organic vegetables grown at their own roof rather than those from the market.

From leafy to rooty and exotic, all sorts of veggies could be grown easily with the new technique which comes in the form of soil-less growing medium containing mixture of plant, tree waste decomposed in cow urine, several manures and useful bio organisms.

“Being a scientist myself, I understand the hazards to health caused by uncontrolled use of chemicals and pesticides. I found the solution in roof farm and have almost all vegetables like tomato, chilly, lady finger, brinjal, bottle gourd, capsicum, spinach, methi and coriander used for daily cooking,” said Dr Arti Prasad, professor at Sukhadia University.
“Rooftop farming is becoming popular these days due to growing consciousness for family’s health. There is no harm to the terrace, is absolutely leak-free since the vegetables are grown on a raised platform or special polybags containing organic manures or coco peats,” said Sudhir Verma, a senior officer of the agriculture department. “Through rooftop farming each house would not only become self sustainable in producing its own healthy food, it could also generate carbon credits as it is a highly water efficient and low energy farming system,” says Aayush Bisht, an expert in organic farming.

People are realizing that 70 percent of the money that they pay for a kilogram of vegetable is the cost of transporting it and the cost of wastage on the way, he added.

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