Promoting the production and consumption of comparatively inexpensive and chemical-residue free vegetables

Promoting the production and consumption of comparatively inexpensive and chemical-residue free vegetables

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Food

Promoting the production and consumption of comparatively inexpensive and chemical-residue free vegetables is an important strategy for combating nutritional deficiency. At AIT, vegetable cultivation is encouraged to support campus-based sustainable food efforts, including community supported agricultural production which is environmentally friendly and safe. In-house availability of fresh and safe vegetables will encourage the community people towards more consumption of vegetables, which certainly a better option for healthy lifestyle and green economy.

Our goal

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

Our Progress

Selected the demonstration area at the Research Farm of AIT for organic cultivation and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques for sowing of leaf mustard, okra and water convolvulus seeds and planting of seedlings of tomato and Chinese kale.

Lime application before land preparation

Lime application before land preparation

Compost application after land preparation

Compost application after land preparation

A total of 10 demonstration plots were established: five plots were for organic and the rest of five plots were maintained under IPM techniques. The individual plot size was 2 m × 5 m resulting in a total of 100 m2 area for the total demonstration plots. A total of five vegetables namely morning glory, okra, leaf mustard (narrow leaf), non-heading Chinese cabbage and leaf mustard (broad leaf) were grown on the 10 demonstration plots. Each vegetable crop was grown under two separate plots maintained under organic ways and IPM techniques.

Plots maintained under organic ways

Plots maintained under organic ways

Plots maintained under IPM techniques

Plots maintained under IPM techniques

Weeding and thinning of vegetables plots

Weeding and thinning of vegetables plots

Community participation at the Field Day-Demonstration Day

Community participation at the Field Day/Demonstration Day

 

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