BY SHABINA FARAZ
“People to people, people to soil, people to food” was the theme of World Kitchen Garden Day 2014 observed by Green Media Initiatives on 23rd August 2014 at Karachi Arts Council. Kitchen Garden Day is an annual, decentralized celebration of kitchen gardens and delicious, home-grown food produced on human-scale. It is marked each year on the 4th Sunday of August. Purpose of observance is to highlight the positive role of organic kitchen gardening in society health, and gastronomy.
Dr. Iqbal Saeed Khan former DG Gorakh Hills, Shabina Faraz, environment journalist, Mehmood Alam Khalid, Editor, Farozaan, Shaukat Soomro, President, Mishal Skills Development, Mansha Noor, General Secretary, Caritas and Tofiq Pasha Mooraj famous expert Gardener expressed their views and shared their insights with the audience. A beneficiary among the community Qamar Raja presented her case study regarding her achievements in kitchen garden and advised the audience to carry on this task for a healthy and economically inexpensive food provision. Tofiq Pasha Mooraj demonstrated the techniques for mixing soil and organic fertilizer before sowing seeds, he explained the types of seeds, sowing and caring of plants. Mahpara Syed, Hafiza Hamnah Khan and Fariha Fatima played active role for holding this successful event.
Experts briefed the risks of environmental pollution effecting our food sources and benefits of home kitchen gardens. Two main reason were identified First is the rise in prices of fruits and vegetables this unpredictable food Prices are affecting poor the most. Higher food prices are leading poor people to limit their food consumption and shift to even less-balanced diets causing harmful effects on health The need is immense now to initiate an awareness program of home kitchen gardening and encourage everyone to acquire self-sufficiency in food by growing our own vegetables in our homes. Expert showed their great concerns over Second reason that is environmental pollution, use of contaminated and untreated chemical water coming from industries, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides. Kitchen gardening may lower down these risks and provide us fresh and healthy vegetables and fruits in minimum expenses.
Stalls for the promotion of skills development and facilitation on kitchen gardening at event hall attracted the audience as well. People from civil society specially house wives, students and media person attended this event.