Indian hospital grows veggies and guppies in aquaponic system

Growing vegetables in their backyard is a dream that everyone cherishes. But for many, it just remains a dream. However, the Dietary Department of the General Hospital has turned their dream into reality. The staff here wanted to serve at least a day’s meal made using the vegetables grown on their premises. A farm took shape and they called it ‘HarithaKochi Jeevanam’. So far they have harvested six times and the vegetables were used to prepare meals for the patients.

The Dietary Department’s farm is comprised of around 40 grow bags and a unit of aquaponics. The farm produces enough to meet the requirements of a few wards at a time. “We select the wards based on the numbers. The latest harvest took place two weeks ago. We will be planting amaranthus soon,” said Reshmi, dietician, the General Hospital.

Apart from the aquaponics unit, a hydroponics unit also has been set up at the hospital. However, it is yet to begin operation. At the aquaponics unit, a few cauliflowers and cabbages along with herbs like mint is being grown. “Since the growing season for cauliflower and cabbages is coming to an end, we are planning on cultivating a new range of plants. The hydroponic unit will start functioning soon and once it does we will be able to grow more plants,” she added.

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