AIT Green Campus Initiative – Project Activity Report

AIT Green Campus Initiative – Project Activity Report

PROJECT ACTIVITY REPORT

This is an activity document that describes the work to be performed and/or activities being undertaken in the sub-project. Provide sufficient details so that we could disseminate the progress/status.

Date of report: 19 May 2014

Project Title: Promoting Participatory Homestead Sustainable Vegetable Production to AIT Community
Submitted by: Dr. Avishek Datta and Dr. Anil K. Anal
Area of Activity: Food

A. Goals/Objectives/Plan

  •  promote the utilization of unused AIT land for vegetable production through community involvement, and
  •  generate interest among the AIT community to grow safe and healthy vegetables/food without any chemical inputs (sustainable production of chemical residue-free vegetables)

B. Progress/Completed Tasks (attach photos with caption of your activities)

The demonstration area was selected at the Research Farm of AIT. The required amount of lime was applied to maintain the soil pH of the area (Fig. 1). The land was cultivated with a tractor and leveled as required to grow the desired vegetables. The required amount of compost was applied in both organic and integrated pest management (IPM) plots whereas fertilizer was only applied to the IPM plots (Fig. 2). A total of 10 plots were established: five plots for the organic cultivation and the rest of five plots for the IPM techniques. The individual plot size has been allotted of 10 m2 (2 m × 5 m) and the total area of the demonstration plots was around 350 m2 (Fig. 3). The field is now ready for sowing of leaf mustard, okra and water convolvulus seeds and planting of seedlings of tomato and Chinese kale.

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Fig. 1: Lime application before land preparation

 

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Fig. 2: Compost application after land preparation

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Fig. 3: Experimental layout

C. Future Work

The planting of five vegetables (Chinese kale, leaf mustard, water convolvulus, okra, and tomato) on the 10 demonstration plots will be completed by mid-June 2014.

There is the plan of allotting the 10 additional plots for the interested AIT community people. The AIT Community will later be informed regarding the additional 10 plots to cultivate similar types of vegetables on their own. The objective of this is to motivate the community to grow and use the chemical residue-free vegetables from own garden. The project will provide land preparation and irrigation free of cost. The project will also supply planting materials such as seeds, fertilizers, etc., to the interested AIT Community on subsidized costs. A Field Day/Demonstration Day will be organized by the project team to demonstrate the project outcomes to the AIT Community including the AITIS students for ensuring the community participation. This will be conducted within 2–3 months of sowing of the seeds.

The required data will be recorded from both the plots (organic and IPM) for comparison.

The nutritional values of the vegetable grown under two different practices will also be analyzed. There are only few literatures available for nutritional analysis comparing both organic and chemically produced vegetables.

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