Desert women adapt the healthy practice to have kitchen gardening at homes

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Desert women adapt the healthy practice to have kitchen gardening at homes

Desert women adapt the healthy practice to have kitchen gardening at homes

After intervention by Fast Rural Development Program (FRDP) desert women in Tharparkar district have adapted producing vegetables at homes to fight poverty and diseases. Initially, this idea has inspired only 28 women to spare little space at courtyards and backyards of their sprawled homes to establish kitchen gardens.

These vegetable plants not only provide chemical free food for consumption to the community but also help providing green environment around them at this dryness. The community people call it off season vegetables, which are grown on waste water near facilities.

Women belong to the same background, depending on rain for agriculture and storing water at their makeshift tanks.

It has become possible for these desert women because of solar-powered water facilities near there to get water for domestic purposes and use the wastage water for producing vegetables and fruit trees.

For this, community people accredit to Paani, a US-based charity organization for the installation of solar-powered water facilities in their areas.

The women believe that many vegetables available at their home-based gardens including coriander, green chilli, ridge gourd, eggplant, tomatoes and others do not grow in the wild in the desert after monsoon rains.

For example, tomato, onion, coriander and green chilli are essential items, which the people usually purchase from markets. But now they have produced these products at homes and share little to the relatives and family friends as gifts.

These women are among lucky to have received water through a solar-powered facilities at their villages. Otherwise, several women are eager to have such gardens at their homes but due to unavailability of water they are yet to implement the idea.

Whenever they receive rains during the monsoon season a variety of wild vegetables and fruits like mushrooms, melon, watermelon, apple guards and other products grow near there.

They collect these products from the area for their own consumption and little extra for sell, depending on the situation.

For these women growing vegetables plays an important role to fight poverty and diseases, which in the desert areas sometimes hit the people because of improper diet and malnutrition.

They received a package of vegetable seeds and tools for a piece of land. They grow the vegetables to save the amount, which otherwise they have to spend on buying these food products from the market.

The women have many stories about the heavy rains, which always bring prosperity for them in terms of benefiting to cultivate crops and see growing grass fodder everywhere for rearing their animals.

But in case of delaying rainfall causes dryness and drought. In this situation these people prefer to migrate to canal areas in search of better livelihood and see grazing fields for rearing their animals.

These women call it a healthy hobby to have fresh vegetables and fruits at their homes.

The monsoon season is approaching fast and the community people are expecting to receive heavy rains this year’s monsoon to recharge underground water and cultivate their pieces of lands.

Following pandemic fear, lockdown and restrictions in urban parts of the country, these desert women feel easy to have fresh vegetables for their own consumption and little extra for sell to earn income at home. They do not need to travel long distances to buy such products from nearby towns and villages.

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