Students working on the city farming project | N Vinoth Kumar
ExNoRa International launched its ‘City Farming’ programme at Arihant Majestic Towers, Koyambedu here on Sunday. The programme is aimed at proper use of Open Space Reserve (OSR) in residential flat areas.
Speaking to City Express, M B Nirmal, founder of ExNoRa International said, “Chennai is fast becoming a polluted city and Koyambedu is one of the areas that tops it. Every flat in the city has enough open space, which can be used as Open Space Reserve, where residents can plant various types of trees and vegetable plants. These OSRs are considered as ‘lung spaces’ since they provide oxygen.”
He added, “By cultivating such home gardens in these lung spaces, the residents will be able to harvest vegetables right at their home. This is a kind of ‘vertical horticulture’, where kitchen wastes and coconut piths are reused as manure. This type of organic farming helps reduce the use of harmful fertilizers.” He further said, “It is almost a ‘zero budget city farming’ since one can use materials like discarded TV sets or fish tanks, instead of spending for pots.” Around 50 students from seven city colleges participated in the event.