Meghalaya’s School Kitchen Gardens Providing Nutrition to Students

Meghalaya’s School Kitchen Gardens Providing Nutrition to Students
Meghalaya’s School Kitchen Gardens Providing Nutrition to Students

At a time when India has been persistently ranked among the many poorest performers within the Global Hunger Index, right here comes a noble initiative by SDO, Sadar,  Meghalaya,  Abhinav Singh to supply dietary meals to high school younger youngsters,  that too with out spending a bomb.  The 2020-batch IAS officer has helped construct Kitchen Gardens to supply leafy greens to high school youngsters and to the Anganwadi centres of Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.


Mr Abhinav Singh instructed Indian Masterminds, that the kitchen backyard programme has been began in 5 faculties of Ri-Bhoi district. For introducing the kitchen backyard in authorities faculties, a complete space required was round 1,500 to 2,000 sq ft. the place within the administration have tried to introduce primarily leafy inexperienced greens used for the college youngsters significantly.

He has additionally deliberate a tie up with the Anganwadi’s  to make sure a balanced and Nutritional weight-reduction plan. “This initiative has been taken beneath Vegetable Development Scheme of the Horticulture division. The seeds thus,  have been procured by the horticulture division after which the college administration is given accountability of making certain  that the procured seeds develop right into a plant. Progress is evaluated each month,” Mr. Singh instructed Indian Masterminds.

If the pilot undertaking succeeds  it will be prolonged  to most variety of faculties within the district.  “We will attempt to get a kitchen backyard in many of the 1263 faculties in Ri-Bhoi district relying on the house availability and the funding sample of the scheme,” he added.

He hopes to arrange 67 extra of such gardens throughout January 2023, in convergence mode with ICDS Department. Supply of seeds and different inputs at Rs. 5000/- per unit might be executed by Directorate of Horticulture. Establishment of gardens   and their caretaking shall be executed by the respective departments.


Meghalaya faculties  have winter trip from December to February. So, that is the time when the district administration deliberate the kitchen backyard within the chosen 5 faculties. Mr. Singh mentioned that that is the rationale that they didn’t contain the kids within the pilot undertaking.

However, as quickly as the faculties will re-open, the horticulture division together with the district administration and college training division will contain college students too to make them perceive the method of organising kitchen gardens and tending to them as additionally prices and advantages.


The goal of the vegetable Development Scheme is to advertise vegetable manufacturing by way of HYV seeds/Hybrids/Improved/Open Pollinated seedlings, together with help to farmers.

Mr. Singh mentioned that an quantity of 5,000 rupees has been given for the event of kitchen gardens in 70 faculties and Anganwadi centre.

The concept of this initiative is first to have a kitchen backyard which can, later be surrounded by Moringa Trees. Besides dietary advantages, kitchen gardens will even being in  carbon neutrality as properly. “Since Moringa timber are good for Carbon sequestration, we need to reap a number of advantages from a single scheme,” Mr. Singh knowledgeable.

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