Chandigarh, 08 October 2020: Today, on the concluding day of Wildlife Week, Medicinal Plants Board, Chandigarh under the Department of Forests & Wildlife of Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with Yuvsatta-an NGO organized a training program for Eco Club teachers at Botanical Garden, Sarangpur.
As part of Atamnribhar Bharat Abhiyan
In his inaugural address Sh. Debendra Dalai, said that with initiatives of the Medicinal Plant Board of Chandigarh, Herbal Gardens are established in almost all prominent schools of the city. Now with the ongoing COVID pandemic and the Government of India’s insistence on making people self-reliant (Atamnirbhar), we plan to start a GROW YOUR OWN HERBS & FOOD CAMPAIGN through active participation of Eco Clubs in Schools& Colleges. So that the young students become the agents of change in this direction of every home in the city growing its own herbs and food by way of adopting new vertical urban farming techniques. In which less space and water are consumed and one gets organic produce of vegetables and fruits with a green environment at a minimal cost.
Senior resource persons like Dr. Madan Gulati, MD, Ayurveda with 40 years experience of practice and
Dr. Navtej Singh of Punjab Agricultural University shared with teachers about herbs, fruits, and vegetables which can be easily grown at homes, in waste bottles, containers, buckets, etc.. Dr. Madan Gulati, stressed that herbs are among the easiest plants to grow. Most herbs love the sun, so all you need to get started is a nice, sunny place in your house for them to call home. People can easily grow Spear Mint/Pudina, Coriander /Dhania, Holy Basil/Tulsi, Lemongrass, Curry Leaves/ Kadi Patta, Carom/ Ajwain, Chilli Pepper/ Mirchi, Thyme, Indian Sorrel/ Chaangeri, etc at home. Chaangeri is a well-documented ayurvedic herb useful in vitamin C deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, indigestion, and diarrhea.
Dr. Navtej Singh added that these days growing your own seasonal veggies and fruits at home ensures that they are organic and do not contain all the pesticides and herbicides used in commercially grown crops. On this occasion, information books and seed-kits from Punjab Agricultural University were also distributed to all participants, besides tulsi plants which were also presented to take home. Approximately teachers from around 70 Eco Clubs of the city participated in the program.