A small step towards self reliance in vegetables.About 80 families here, including my own, have been working as an Association and several joint issues are being taken up jointly. Of late, we have taken up a project of organic vegetable cultivation programme. Though we have 80 family unitsunits only 21 have come forward to take up this job. Since most of the houses are not having backyards, vacant terraces are being used.
We have collected grow bags from the Govt. controlled organization for this purpose (they supply the quality bags at subsidised rate). For a family unit 12 bags are given. In a centralised manner the sand, soil, manure, etc. are bought and stored in one of the houses where the necessary space is available, and filled in those bags. The individual families collected the filled bags and taken to their houses. Later seedlings of different vegetables were collected from the same Govt. agency, and distributed the households. Necessary coachings regarding watering, manuring, etc. were also provided to the needy families.
The seedlings supplied included those of tomato, benda, thuvara, chilli, peas, etc. which are widely used by an average family. This joint venture in a cooperative manner is a trial. The Labour involved is free and also the technical advise. Only Rs.1,100/- is collected from a family for all this. This is our Association's first step for self dependence.