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Kitchen gardens cut down vegetable imports in Kerala
Vegetable imports by Kerala have fallen steeply, thanks to a growing number of people whose kitchen gardens have boosted vegetable production in the state.
 
And Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan is beaming.
 
According to Mohanan, nearly 75 percent of all vegetables consumed now in Kerala are grown within the state -- and in kitchen gardens.
 
Mohanan, who made the endeavour to boost vegetable production, told IANS that his aim was to ensure that this figure reaches 100 percent.
 
"Several factors have contributed to a substantial growth of the domestic vegetable production," the minister said. 
 
In 2012, the production of vegetables in Kerala was a mere 22 percent. This made the state heavily dependent on Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for daily vegetable supplies.
 
If there were traffic disruptions in the border regions of the two states, Kerala's vegetable imports would suffer -- immediately shooting up prices.
 
And so Mohanan decided to actively promote the concept of kitchen gardens in Kerala.
 
Even students and schools were roped in for this purpose. 
 
Eventually, the habit of "growing and eating one's own vegetables appears to have clicked", the minister said.
 
Now the arrival of vegetables from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has fallen to less than 400 trucks a day from over 750.
 
"Today, practically in every state-run school, there is a kitchen garden and it is tended to by students," said Mohanan. 
 
"Besides, we have set up biogas plants in 3,825 schools. Today, the vegetables grown in these schools are used in the mid-day meals. The waste generated is used to power the biogas plants," he added. 
 
Ninety percent of these embrace organic techniques.
 
"We are confident that more and more people will start kitchen gardens," Mohanan added. 
 
Congress president in Kerala, V.M. Sudheeran, is one of those who has a full-fledged kitchen garden at his home. 
 
And he is telling everyone in his constituency to follow suit.
 
Marxist leader Pinarayi Vijayan too feels that people in Kerala should grow their own vegetables.
 
Cardiac specialist A. Haris told IANS: "Seventy percent of the vegetables we consume in our home are from our kitchen garden, set up on our terrace." 
 
Haris, who spares half an hour daily for the garden, produces cauliflower, cabbage, beans, tomatoes, chilly, ladies' finger and brinjal. "Now I am trying to grow beetroot too. 
 
"If more and more people take up kitchen gardens, not only will we get fresh vegetables but consume organically grown vegetables too," he added.

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COMMENTS

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

1 year ago

When video conferencing and such modern facilities are available, still our leaders are visiting places, especially foreign country, just to enjoy the tour at Government's money.
I am surprised to read, a conservative leader like Mamata ji went to London with 66 member delegation.

Narendra Doshi

1 year ago

This is THE way to go ALL OVER INDIA whether there is government help available or not.
Several advantages come free with this implementation: organic (Pesticide free) vegetables, fresh, cheap,and above all wikk keep your doctor & associated costs & side effcts away.

Hurun Report to felicitate Kerala's billionaires
Five Kerala billionaires would be felicitated for their achievements by the Shanghai-based Hurun Report here on August 10.
 
They are M.A. Yusuf Ali of Lulu Group, Paul John of Kumarakom Lake Resort and John Distilleries, P.N.C. Menon of Sobha Developers, T.S. Kalyanaraman of Kalyan as well as Azad Moopen who owns a string of hospitals in the Middle East and here.
 
Around 100 Kerala millionaires too have been invited to the felicitation function.
 
Hurun Report is a leading research house and luxury publishing group, tracking changes among high net worth individuals. 
 
In a press release on Tuesday, the event organisers said Rupert Hoogewerf, global chairman of Hurun Report, would attend the function, named '109 - The Journey'.
 
The Hurun Report said it was expecting Chinese investors and billionaires at the event that will help showcase Kerala for foreign direct investment from some iconic brands. 

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Mamata in London with 66-member delegation; but no senior leaders available to meet
With just five days to go before West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives here leading a 66-member delegation on a four-day visit to draw investment to her financially-depleted state, not a single British cabinet minister, let alone Prime Minister David Cameron, may have time to meet her.
 
Cameron is supposed to be in the Far East during Banerjee's trip, while Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Business Secretary Sajid Javid, a counterpart of Indian commerce and industry minister, are also unavailable. 
 
Even Hugo Swire, the minister of state at Britain's Foreign Office, at whose official invitation Banerjee is scheduled to undertake her sojourn in the British capital, will be unable to receive her.
 
A diplomatic source described her visit to RAY as "ill-timed". The British parliament goes into its summer recess on Friday, when most ministers and MPs will either proceed on an overseas tour or on a vacation. 
 
The only politician meeting Banerjee here will be Priti Patel, Britain's minister of state for employment and of Indian origin.
 
In fact, Banerjee's proposed get-together with the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group too is uncertain because of fears of a poor attendance, and may be cancelled in favour of a function at the London Business School. 
 
However, Adam Pollard, spokesman for the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), which on July 27 is jointly hosting a seminar with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), said the UKIBC "is delighted to be supporting the British government and the government of West Bengal and will give all possible assistance to the Chief Minister (Mamata Banerjee) in order to support her visit's objectives".
 
"We very much hope to help take forward Bengal-UK business ties and people to people partnerships," he said.
 
The UKIBC seminar will cover investment opportunities in West Bengal.
 
Recently, the UKIBC with UK Trade & Industry, an agency of the British government, published a detailed report entitled "West Bengal Urban Regeneration and Development", which examines possibilities from Kolkata to Santiniketan. 
 
This together with areas such as education and health are anticipated to be subjects of collaboration between London and Kolkata. 
 
The Indian High Commission in Britain expressed optimism about cooperation between Britain and West Bengal. 
 
Banerjee, though, according to a tentative programme, is not expected to attend the UKIBC seminar and West Bengal's Finance Minister Amit Mitra is slated to represent the state government at this meet. 
 
The chief minister is expected to commence her engagements on July 27 afternoon by attending a reception for her at the Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II, hosted by Prince Andrew, younger brother of Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.
 
That will be followed by a meeting with Patel and signing of memoranda of agreement at the Foreign Office.
 
Other items in Banerjee's itinerary include a round table conference at the Asia House and paying floral tributes at statues of Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi.

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COMMENTS

Subin Das

1 year ago

It seems none of British Ministers or high officials wants to get contaminated with incurable disease carried to this shores from W. Bengal. What a shame and insult. But who cares or understands such British snub offs?

Mayur Ganapatye

1 year ago

It is really not a well scheduled program.

Alok Mishra

1 year ago

This is part of Indian System enjoying on tax payers money Bengal is now A BIMARU state . 30 Years continous loot left and Mamta both

Alok Mishra

1 year ago

This is part of Indian System enjoying on tax payers money Bengal is now A BIMARU state . 30 Years continous loot left and Mamta both

Rajee

1 year ago

At last someone is learning something from Mr. Modi.

Raj Kishen Kashyap

1 year ago

The West Bengal CM and her massive 66 member delegation planned their visit to the UK
with perfect timing so that they can convert their business visit into a wonderful Holiday
at public expense.Way to go,Madam CM.Here's wishing you
many more such wonderful Jaunts.Keep it up.

Prasanta Datta

1 year ago

I think considering all aspects the CM's tour in UK has been arranged. We hope the tour will produce positive results. Improvement in education and health is the need of the hour.It would be a great thing if the CM and the accompanying delegates can impress British industrialists for investment in West Bengal for these two sectors.

Kanai Chakraberti

1 year ago

Respected Chief Minister,

Like all other suggestions/advices sent earlier, since the swearing of your Ministry, this one too is sure to go to the trashes.
However, I am not going to restrain myself from giving honest advices for your LONDON TOUR:
** Since THE BRITISHERES were historically the pioneering NATION for initiating DEVELOPMENT in BENGAL, since 17th Century, any MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, coming to BENGAL, after her forthcoming LONDON VISIT, should be gifted with the entire cost of land ( 500 to 5000 acres)by the Government of West Bengal, as a very special case.

Kanai Chakraberti
Development Consultant
Singur, Hooghly,
WEST BENGAL
91+9433973397

Ralph Rau

1 year ago

Nigeria should be a better place for British investment ?

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