The Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department organised Urban Vegetable Cultivation programme on February 23, at Bethel Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Ayanavaram.
Villivakkam MLA J. C. D. Prabhakar inaugurated the function by planting a 'mimusops elangi' (Magizham) sapling at the entrance of the school auditorium.
Mr. Prabhakar recalled the Vision Tamil Nadu 2023 plan introduced by the Chief Minister, which aimed at making the state No.1 in the nation.
He also commended the officials of the government department and the agricultural university teachers who participated in the programme. He recalled that when he was nine years old he enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers at home and asked the students to develop the habit.
Mr. Prabhakar also released a Hand Book published by Horticulture Department with detailed technical information to raise vegetables and flowers at home.
Shanthi Balasubramaniam, Professor and Head, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Information and Training Centre, Anna Nagar conducted a demo to children and public to raise edible mushrooms without the need of space and manure.
She also advised students to visit the training centre if necessary for any clarification.
Deputy Director of Horticulture Department, Mary Sujatha outlined the importance of home and roof gardening in each one of the households to grow vegetables and greens in pots or plastic containers or even in used gunny bags for their daily needs.
She also promised technical help through the horticulture officers and assistant agriculture officers available in the city in places like Thiruvanmiyur, Anna Nagar, Perambur and Madhavaram.
President North Chennai District Exnora, K. Ramadoss in his special address, reminisced on his school days when a period was allotted in schools in those days to teach gardening.
He spoke about a spacious site to start a horticultural depot which he arranged with the trustees of Shri Raghavendra Brindavan campus in Ayanavaram and he requested the Deputy Director of Horticulture to visit the site for approval.
Principal of Bethel School Florence Durairaj appreciated the officials from the government department for having organised the vegetable cultivation programme in the school premises and she was proud to welcome the TN Agricultural University professors who graced the function.
School Correspondent Durairaj was present . The participants including school children were given vegetable/ flower seed packets and organic manure free of cost by the department. Horticulture Officer, K. Pandian proposed a vote of thanks.
A demo was held to raise edible mushrooms without the need of space and manure.