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GCDA draws praise for its green thumb

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The Hindu        07.01.2015   

GCDA draws praise for its green thumb

The agency’s example could be emulated across the State, says M. Leelavathy

Literary critic M. Leelavathy inaugurating the harvesting of winter vegetable farming on the GCDA premises in Kochi on Tuesday.— Photo: Vipin Chandran
Literary critic M. Leelavathy inaugurating the harvesting of winter vegetable farming on the GCDA premises in Kochi on Tuesday.— Photo: Vipin Chandran

The Greater Cochin Development Authority received an eminent admirer on Tuesday whose words of praise the civic agency and its Chairman N. Venugopal could be proud of.

Inaugurating the winter vegetable harvesting held on the GCDA premises, literary critic M. Leelavathy praised the agency’s farming initiative as a culture worth emulating across the State.

“Panchayats should draw up projects to launch farming in fallow land. This will help unemployed youth to find jobs and will give all of us pesticide-free vegetables. It will also help landowners make an earning by leasing out their land,” she observed. The GCDA had grown cabbage and cauliflower on its limited space available in its office campus, which was harvested on Tuesday.

Ms. Leelavathy said that it sent across a message to work on what little land left available for farming. Such initiatives alongside all offices would help spread so much happiness. It will put an end to the consumerist culture of depending on other States during festival seasons like Onam, she said.

Writer K.L. Mohana Varma said that in the fight between food and medicines, such farming initiatives would tilt the balance in favour of food.

Farming is nothing new to the GCDA as it was the fourth such harvesting event being celebrated by the agency. The agency had successfully cultivated paddy, cucumber, besides cabbage and cauliflower over the last one year. The GCDA is now all set to harvest papaya with 50-odd papayas getting ripe on its campus. GCDA employees Rajeevan, Salila, and Sindhu who were behind the agency’s farming initiatives were honoured at the function. Hibi Eden, MLA, and Opposition Leader in Kochi Corporation K.J. Jacob were among those present on the occasion.


School of Gardening opens for aam aadmi

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The Pioneer  10.11.2010

School of Gardening opens for aam aadmi

Parvaiz Sultan | New Delhi

Delhiites interested in learning gardening skills will be able to enroll themselves with the proposed School of Gardening, an initiative of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). The civic body has decided to throw open the gates of the institution for general public once the proposed school will start functioning by the end of this month, which was initially planned for improvement of horticulture skill of its field staff.

At the centre, enthusiasts will have an opportunity to polish their expertise under the guidance of botanists and horticulture experts from organisations like Pusa Institute, Forest Research Institute and National Botanical Research Institute.

In February, NDMC had announced to set up such a centre for its staff where training for gardening including tips in specific areas of horticulture will be given.

A senior official of Horticulture Department of NDMC said the preparation is going on in full swing at our Purana Qila Road nursery, where this school of Gardening is being set up. “Originally, we have planned to sharpen the skill of our 1,100 gardeners and nursery keepers at this school through a variety of basic and advanced-level courses.

They have responsibility to look after 1,100 acres of green cover of the Capital including several parks and gardens like Nehru Park, Lodhi Garden, Talkatora Garden or Commonwealth Games Park. Recently 937 more parks were also handed over to us by Central Public Work Department (CPWD) for upkeep. But after much deliberation, it has been decided to allow common man to join to advance their horticultural artistry,” he said.

At the school, besides various long-term courses in different aspect of gardening, the civic body has also planned to introduce several other short-term courses keeping the interest of general public in mind. The council official further said the curriculum for short-term courses focusing on kitchen garden and small domestic rose garden has especially been designed for housewives etc. “We will call experts from Pusa Institute, Forest Research Institute, National Botanical Research Institute and from other institutions, to impart training. We have plans to hold workshops also including crash courses on kitchen garden, plant protection, tissue culture, soil science and landscape design at the school,” said the NDMC official.

The official of the horticulture department added, in a way the school has become our need as some of the horticulture staff was recruited long ago and they need to be updated about the latest trends, equipments and technologies in horticulture. “Those who will be trained at our school will have added advantage as they will have an opportunity to perform practicals at our parks and gardens. After successful completion of the course, the students will also get a certificate,” he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 05:47

Stress on water conservation

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The Hindu 07.01.2010

Stress on water conservation

Staff Reporter

— Photo : T. Singaravelou

All for water: An expert addressing a seminar organised by Department of Agriculture in Puducherry on Wednesday.

PUDUCHERRY: The importance of rainwater harvesting, water conservation and techniques involved were outlined to around 100 representatives of private industries and firms in Puducherry at a seminar on Wednesday.

Several experts spoke about various topics at the seminar on “Techniques of rainwater harvesting, water conservation and waste water management.”

It was organised by the State Groundwater Unit of Department of Agriculture, a release said.

Various topics dealt with

Sessions on topics such as overall scenario of status of water resources, status of surface water and groundwater in Puducherry region, rainwater harvesting techniques, structures and design in urban and rural area and regulation on groundwater exploitation were held.

Other topics such as status of water quality in Puducherry region, treatment of industrial waste water and its reuse, an overview of artificial recharge of groundwater and water conservation techniques were dealt with.

Documentary film on groundwater resources

The State Groundwater Unit also presented a documentary film on the status of groundwater resources.

A group discussion was also held, the press release said.

Experts from the Department of Agriculture, Central Groundwater Board, Chennai, Pondicherry Groundwater Authority, Puducherry and Public Health Division of Public Works Department handled the sessions.

Secretary (Agriculture) D.C. Sahoo inaugurated the seminar. Director of Agriculture R. Sathyaseelan was present.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2010 07:08
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