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Horticulture Department distributes seed balls to promote chemical free farming

Seed balls are inexpensive and they also promote chemical free farming. Horticulture department of Udhagamandalam has initiated distribution of seed balls in 2019. It has been very successful. People are aware of the benefits caused by these seed balls.

P. Godha Hiranmayee

To promote kitchen gardens & organic farming, the Horticulture Department has begun providing inexpensive seed balls to recreational gardeners across the Nilgiris. 

Seed Ball is a marble sized ball made of clay, earth & seeds which is used to replant areas where the natural flora has been destroyed. 

“The initiative, first started in 2019, has succeeded in getting thousands of people involved in farming & growing vegetables in small plots of land in their homes”, said Assistant Director of Horticulture, Nilgiris district, M. Radhakrishnan. In 2019, the department distributed 15,000 seed balls, and it has set a similar target this year, with all the seed balls being dispatched across the district. 

Mr. Radhakrishnan said that, “the seed balls contained perennial beans, which are easy to grow in kitchen gardens”. 

The main goal of this initiative is to encourage people to grow some of their own vegetables organically. When these vegetables are grown in their own houses, people will get to know the benefits of eating organic vegetables and the demand for such organic produce will also increase. 

There was a great demand for the seed balls from residents, as each ball costs only Rs.2/-. Many people have small plots of land in which they can cultivate vegetable patches for use in their own homes. These seed balls, as they have all the essential nutrients & manure already packed around them, will grow successfully even in small patches of land. 

After their resounding success in distributing hybrid banana plants, developed at the tissue culture laboratory in Udhagamandalam, the department also plans to grow & distribute over five lakh saplings this year. As there was a great demand for the saplings from the farmers of surrounding districts. 

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