To enable women to produce fresh vegetables in their households, the Chief Minister’s Vegetable Garden Scheme was launched in the district on Monday. The district administration has set a target of distributing 10,000 terrace garden kits.
Under the scheme, a kit that includes seeds of six vegetables, six grow bags, coir piths and manures that cost a total of Rs 900 are given at a subsidised rate of Rs 675.
Separately, seeds of 12 plants worth Rs 60 are given for Rs 45. Similarly, a kit consisting of saplings of four fruit-bearing plants and four herbal plants are sold at a subsidised cost of Rs 75.
Collector G S Sameeran gave away kits to a few beneficiaries at the collectorate in the presence of deputy director of horticulture department M Bhuvaneswari. The idea behind the project is to increase vegetable cultivation at the household level.
The department is targeting to distribute the kits to 7,000 persons this year. Nutritious saplings such as lemon, papaya, drumstick and other varieties would be given to the public.
This is a good opportunity for people who are interested in gardening on the terrace. As vegetable prices are rising high seasonally every year, terrace gardening gives a choice for people to grow vegetables for their own home.
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