PANJIM: In an unique initiative, the school students will grow fruits and vegetables of their choice in their own nutrition kitchen garden, for which Central government will provide required assistance.
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in a letter to all the States have asked them to issue directions to schools, up to Class 8, to take up the initiative to set up their own kitchen garden.
The idea behind the is to boost the nutritive value of the midday meals and also encourage children to grow plants, vegetables, and fruits.
“Setting up of School Nutrition (Kitchen) Gardens may achieve the goal of learning a lifelong skill which is of critical importance in the arena of rapid urbanization and environmental issues which shapes the behavioral pattern of the students. It is just one step in right direction for school students to engage and participate meaningfully in the activities so as to inculcate the habit of growing own vegetables and fruits in the schools and in their homes,” MHRD letter to Goa Chief Secretary, reads.
Ministry has said that the schools that do not have land available for garden, can raise a terrace garden and use items like pots, containers, etc to grow plants. Ministry will be providing Rs 5000 per school every year towards maintaining the garden.