Beating malnutrition with organic farming

Raipur, Mar 19: Students of 10 tribal residential schools in Maoist-hit Antagarh region of tribal Bastar district have used their free time to develop kitchen gardens in school premises, producing fruits and vegetables for their use.

Produce grown at these gardens knows as ‘Poshan Vatika’ or nutrition garden, supported by agriculture experts, are seasonal and use organic method of farming. It is looked after by students and school management.

Idea of establishing nutrition gardens in these schools was proposed by Kanker collector Shammi Abdi, on the basis of a concept proposed by of Krishi Vigyaan Kendra (KVK) at Kanker. For this, the administration provided monetary support and scientific guidance to headmasters of these tribal residential schools.

Talking to TOI Kanker collector Shammi Abdi said “Poshan Vatika helped in addressing problem of malnutrition among the students besides sensitizing them towards ecology and best practices in farming. As it’s an agriculture dominated area, students would get fresh intake of veggies and fruits besides experimenting with scientific training of managing soil and plants after advice from experts of KVK”.