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Terrace Gardening: A Vital Practice

Er. Pradeep Amatya
Environment Engineer

Nepal falls on the top ten list of fastest urbanizing countries in the world. The urbanization rate in Kathmandu Valley is increasing exponentially. According to the 2011 census, the population of Kathmandu Valley counted 1 million and is expected to be doubled by 2030. Flotation population to be around 4 million. A significant transformation in terms of landscape, Land usage can be observed in last few decades. This arise sustainability concerns and issues namely deterioration of agriculture, food insecurity, air pollution, water pollution and many more.

A significant loss of fertile land is being observed which can be concluded in deterioration of agriculture sector. These days, vegetables are grown on outskirts of the valley and sold it in inside the valley. Since the demand is high, these vegetables are grown using pesticides which are not organic and healthy to consume. In this manner, the gap between the food supply and demand will be seen. As a preventive measure, Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) has been emphasizing and encouraging residents of LMC to practice Terrace Gardening. LMC has been providing training regarding terrace gardening from an agricultural expert. Along with the terrace gardening training, Solid Waste Management (SWM) training as well as Home Composting training has also been provided.  After attending training, the number of residents practicing Terrace Gardening has been increased significantly. The compost from Compost Bin can be used as a fertilizer in gardening. The demand of Compost Bin is rising especially these days.

During this Nation-wide lockdown, the transportation of vegetables from outskirts of the valley has been reduced due to restriction of mobility. When grown vegetables in terrace, consumers can consume organic vegetables which are very healthy for one’s health. This way, the dependency towards the vegetable vendors will also reduce.

Except vegetables, we can also plant medicinal plants like Gurjho or Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) which is considered as an effective remedy in increasing the platelet count, especially in dengue patients, Pattharcatta (Bryophyllum pinnatu ) is useful for the treatment of kidney stone and urinary insufficiency, Ghodtapre (Centella asiatica) increases general brain function and memory, Pudina (Mentha arvensis) helps the enzymes to digest food, Titepati (Artemisia vulgaris) is a natural insecticide that kills as well as repels mosquitoes. Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) is best known for treating skin injuries. These plants are very beneficial to health and our body. 

To support this initiation, LMC recently distributed 5 different types of seed and organic compost in every ward. Let us all plant vegetables and consume organic vegetables in our home rather than being completely dependent on the vendors selling vegetables using pesticides.

Nepal falls on the top ten list of fastest urbanizing countries in the world. The urbanization rate in Kathmandu Valley is increasing exponentially. According to the 2011 census, the population of Kathmandu Valley counted 1 million and is expected to be doubled by 2030.Floatation Population to be 4 Million. A significant transformation in terms of Landscape, Land usage can be observed in last few decades. This arise sustainability concerns and issues namely deterioration of agriculture, food insecurity, air pollution, water pollution etc.

A significant loss of fertile land is being observed which can be concluded in deterioration of agriculture sector. These days, vegetables are grown on outskirts of the valley and sold it in inside the valley. Since the demand is high, these vegetables are grown using pesticides which are not organic and healthy to consume. In this manner, the gap between the food supply and demand will be seen. As a preventive measure, Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) has been emphasizing and encouraging residents of LMC to practice Terrace Gardening.

LMC has been providing training regarding terrace gardening from an agricultural expert. Along with the terrace gardening training, Solid Waste Management (SWM) training as well as Home Composting training has also been provided.  After attending training, the number of residents practicing Terrace Gardening has been increased significantly. The compost from Compost Bin can be used as a fertilizer in gardening. The demand of Compost Bin is rising especially these days.

During this Nation-wide lockdown, the transportation of vegetables from outskirts of the valley has been reduced due to restriction of mobility. When grown vegetables in terrace, consumers can consume organic vegetables which are very healthy for one’s health. This way, the dependency towards the vegetable vendors will also reduce.

Except vegetables, we can also plant medicinal plants like Gurjho or Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) which is considered as an effective remedy in increasing the platelet count, especially in dengue patients, Pattharcatta (Bryophyllum pinnatu ) is useful for the treatment of kidney stone and urinary insufficiency, Ghodtapre (Centella asiatica) increases general brain function and memory, Pudina (Mentha arvensis) helps the enzymes to digest food, Titepati (Artemisia vulgaris) is a natural insecticide that kills as well as repels mosquitoes. Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) is best known for treating skin injuries. These plants are very beneficial to health and our body. 

To support this initiation, LMC recently distributed 5 different types of seed and organic compost in every ward. Let us all plant vegetables and consume organic vegetables in our home rather than being completely dependent on the vendors selling vegetables using pesticides. 

 

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