Narayanpet: In a novel initiative, 50 anganwadi schools in Narayanpet district is growing vegetables in the backyard and open spaces of respective campuses. Children are fed fresh vegetables from the nutria-gardens. Narayanpet Collector D Harichandana says, “What started as a small step is now a major initiative and the district administration is mulling to replicate in high schools.”
Some of the anganwadis that have started growing vegetables include Marikal, Kosgi, Krishna, Eklaspur, Perepalla, Appampally areas.
The district administration in the last few months started the initiative ‘Poshana Vanams’ (nutria-gardens) in anganwadis. The teachers and people from the village who are part of the village green committees maintain the gardens. Several vegetables such as spinach, lady’s finger, ridge gourd are grown.
Not just children, the vegetables are also given to pregnant women and lactating mothers under home ration initiative. Officials say that this initiative helps in improving awareness on growing vegetables that are nutritious, pest and fertilizer free and inculcate the habit of growing vegetables at home too.
Harichandana said, “Advanta Seeds and Numhans Seeds is training teachers and anganwadi workers in setting up and maintaining kitchen gardens.