Islamabad: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) in collaboration with Punjab Directorate of Agriculture Information organized a seminar on “Kitchen Gardening” here on Monday to promote the growing of fresh vegetables & fruits at economical rate through kitchen gardening.
On the occasion, PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Member Provincial Assembly Punjab Engineer Qamar-Uz-Zaman, Director Punjab Agriculture Information Muhammad Rafiq Akhtar, Project Director Fruit & Vegetable Muhammad Asif, faculty members and large number of students were also present.
On the occasion, chief guest Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR, said that University would tender full support for promotion of kitchen gardening and stressed the need to grow vegetables at home for ensuring healthy life.
PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor appreciated the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Shareef vision and said that the Punjab government’s Kitchen Gardening program is a purposeful and productive program which should be promoted as it will help in reducing kitchen expenditures and pollution besides making homes good looking and green for healthy environment.
Member Provincial Assembly Punjab Engineer Qamar-U-Zaman, in his address, talked about the scope and importance of kitchen gardening and said it is need of the hour for the household food security, balance and proper nutrition and safe environment. He stressed the need for taking full benefit of the program as it would prove healthy activity, especially for ladies and old age people besides help to reduce your kitchen expenditures.
While addressing on the occasion, speakers stressed for promotion of kitchen gardening to resolve the issues of public health and improving the lives of the masses. They highlighted the importance of sowing vegetable at domestic level and its economic and health benefits.
They informed the gathering that vegetables grown at home are free of any sort of poison of fertilizer while it also helps cutting the domestic budget. They were of the views that it’s time to create awareness amongst the masses about kitchen gardening and its production technology.
Speakers gave multi-media presentation on introduction, objectives and goals of the Kitchen Gardening and emphasized on implementation of “Kitchen Gardening” at all levels of community to bring “a healthy change in society through food”. They gave awareness about sowing, growing and cultivation of vegetables at home.
They also told about different types of gardening at home in which small areas can be utilized effectively. They also informed that that empty vessel, cartons, plastic bags and pots could be used for growing vegetables at home. A promotional stall of seeds was also arranged by the Punjab Agriculture Directorate of Information.