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PU organizes online kitchen gardening for people at home
PU organizes online kitchen gardening for people at home

LAHORE: (Thursday, April 02, 2020): Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS) has organized an online kitchen gardening training program in order to promote healthy activities for the people at home in the prevailing situation. In this regard, IAGS Director Prof Dr Saleem Haider, faculty members including Moazam Anis, Dr Mubeen Sarwar, Dr Shafiq and M Phil scholar Mr Arsalan gave hands on training for growing organic food at home to a large number of participants who were connected through social networking software. On this occasion, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad said that it was necessary to engage people at home during lockdown in positive activities so that they could keep themselves mentally and physically healthy. He said that kitchen gardening was a good hobby as well as a good source of obtaining vegetables which were free of chemicals and other pollutants. He said that organic vegetables strengthened and enhanced the immune system in our body which was also necessary to fight corona virus. He said that kitchen gardening could provide a business opportunity to many people at small scale. Prof Dr Saleem Haider said that people could grow summer vegetables with very low cost and limited resources at home and it was the right time. He said that people could grow summer vegetables at the balcony, rooftop, lawn, courtyard etc where sunlight was available. He said that due to lack of awareness, people did not focus on kitchen gardening however in the prevailing situation, it was one of the best activities to utilize time at home and get benefit from nature. Dr Mobeen Sarwar, Dr Shafiqu, Moazam Anees and Arsalan trained the people how to grow bottle gourd, bitter gourd, sponge gourd, okra, tomato, green chili, sweet pepper, mint, tinda gourd, cucumber and bringle at home. They also guided the people how to get and make necessary items. The recorded programs of kitchen gardening training sessions would be available on PU’s official social media channels from Saturday so that people could take advantage of it anytime, anywhere.