A one of its kind initiative, Uttar Pradesh Schools will set up Kitchen Gardens for the upcoming academic session that is from 2018-2019. The budget plan for the same has been given for approval to the authorities. Moreover, a meeting for further discussion over budget allocation was called in Lucknow on January 5, 2018.
Under Kitchen Garden, an area is allocated for growing fruits and veggies, which are produced for self-consumption.
KEY FACTS ABOUT KITCHEN GARDENS
- Paving way for a healthy and fresh startup, a Kitchen Garden will see the plantation of only organic vegetation. The produce, so forth, will be used by for cooking mid-day meals for the students.
- Uttar Pradesh government has asked the Mid Day Meal Authorities for a list of schools where Kitchen Gardens can be set up.
- Moreover, a record shall be maintained where teachers have already set up Kitchen Gardens, in their respective schools, at a local level.
- States of Haryana and Karnataka already have Kitchen Gardens.
Virendra Kumar, Meerut divisional midday meal coordinator, said, “The information sought for includes total number of institutions, total institutions where setting up of a kitchen garden is possible, those already having kitchen gardens, those where setting up of a kitchen garden is in progress and the number of institutions where setting up of kitchen garden is proposed during 2018-19.”
He further added, “The previous divisional commissioner, Alok Sinha, had asked to grow Moringa trees in the schools of Meerut. They are almost entirely edible but the plantation could not be carried out due to some departmental issues. Since the state government authorities have planned to set up kitchen gardens here, efforts will be made to plant these trees, too.”
At a time when the food that we eat is tampered with harmful pesticides and fertilisers, this initiative to set up Kitchen Gardens is a welcome step for the promotion of healthy and organic food.
However, successful implementation of the decision is the need of the hour.