Over the last decade urbanization in India has increased by 4 percent. One-third of the Indian population dwells in cities. Urban farming is simply the practice of growing crops in urban areas. It is not just confined to the kitchen garden, balcony garden or a rooftop garden, it can be any agricultural operations in a densely populated area. It is interesting to know that the global Coronavirus pandemic has helped in increasing Urban Farming in Indian cities.
The pandemic has made people think about self-sufficient agriculture. The trend has changed from purchasing vegetables for cooking to growing vegetables for cooking. Urban population living in flats or apartments are left with minimum space for farming and it is always difficult for them to find free time to spend for framing.
The problem of space availability has been solved with the intervention of grow bags and pots. Next comes the problem of time, it is here COVID-19 played a crucial role. When the Prime Minister of India announced complete lockdown in the Nation from 25th March 2020, most of the companies started operating in the work from home mode. This left the people with free time to spend in homes. So everyone started thinking about using the lockdown period fruitfully. One of the best ways to use free time most efficiently and effectively inside the home is gardening.
Let it be the small balcony of a flat, the rooftop of the house or the small courtyard people started using those space for growing vegetables, flowers or anything they like. With being self-sufficient in using fresh produce from the garden for cooking or fragrant flowers from the garden to decorate home, it gives the pleasure of accomplishing something great.
To promote urban farming Various state governments and agencies started many programs. Such initiatives have been taken by Govt. of Kerala through Vegetables and Fruits Promotion Council Kerala and Govt. of Tamil Nadu. By analysing the huge potential of this idea various private players have also come into the picture, Lets Garden Online, Nurserylive and even Amazon have started delivering kitchen garden requirements online. Cities like Pune, Bengaluru etc have witnessed significant growth in urban gardening during the lockdown.
Let it be a small garden in your home it can give you immense pleasure of doing something amazing, gardening can also help you out in reducing stress, after all, it can give you chemical-free food items. If you haven’t started farming yet, this is the right time to start. Let us build a Sustainable Agriculture Society Together.