A new shop for selling seeds and other inputs to promote the concept of kitchen garden among residents of Erode town was opened at the Farmers' Market (Uzhavar Santhai) at Sampath Nagar here on Friday.
Collector T. Soundiah declared open the shop, which was established by the Department of Horticulture under the City Vegetables Development Scheme.
The shop sells all necessary inputs including seeds, fertilisers, micro nutrients and plant materials. The Farmers Market was selected for the establishment of the shop as it was getting a large number of customers every day. Personnel at the shop would explain the concept of kitchen garden and encourage people to establish one in their backyards, officials said.
People in villages and semi-urban areas are used to cultivate at least a few vegetables in the backyards of their homes. The growing prices of vegetables has now prompted many people living in the urban areas also to look into the possibility of growing vegetables at their backyards. “We have opened the shop to help the people seeking to create a kitchen garden,” a senior official said.
The department had planned to establish one more shop to sell vegetable seeds under the scheme at the farmers' market in Periyar Nagar.
People can approach the offices of the department to learn more on creating kitchen gardens.