Indian rooftop veg cultivation project

In a bid to bridge the gap between supply and demand and promote cultivation of pesticide-free, eco-friendly vegetables, the Horticulture Department conducted a campaign in Chennai on January 23 and 24 to promote vegetable cultivation on rooftops.
The objective of this “do it yourself” programme is to motivate urban dwellers to grow vegetables in an effort that can be sustained throughout the year.
In Chennai, the campaign will be held in 100 centres, including Corporation parks and schools, in coordination with the Chennai Corporation.
The department has plans to distribute between 15,000 and 20,000 ‘Do it yourself kits’ at a cost of Rs. 500 each.
Launched in 2013
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa launched the scheme in 2013 and it proved successful in Chennai and Coimbatore. It was subsequently extended to Tiruchi and Madurai at a cost of Rs 53.7 million, in 2015. A senior official of the department said the scheme would ensure nutritional security through fresh green vegetables.
He said demand for vegetables was fuelled by various factors, which include urbanisation, increase in per capita consumption and health consciousness.
When it comes to cultivation of vegetables, Tamil Nadu stands first, covering 276,000 hectares. The production is 29.95 tonne per hectare at the national level.
Dietary allowance
The per capita consumption of vegetables in India is 230 grams as against 300 grams of Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad.
With the population growth projected to be 1,330 million in 2020, 1,460 million in 2030, 1,570 million in 2040 and 1,650 million in 2050, production of 190, 210, 225 and 240 million tonnes of vegetables is required respectively.
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