All schools in Urban and Rural areas have been asked to set up a School Nutrition (Kitchen) Garden in their premises. Schools can seek technical, infrastructural and other support from various government departments and agencies.
“Technical assistance, training, provision of seeds, sapling, organic manure etc. can be obtained in convergence with various line departments/agencies like Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Department of Agriculture/Horticulture, Food & Nutrition Board, State Agriculture Universities, Forest Department etc. Moreover, activities like construction of boundary wall, levelling of land etc. can be taken up under MGNREGA.”
One of the main objectives of the School Nutrition Gardens is to teach students the skill of growing their own food.
The MHRD guidelines also outlines how these gardens can help in reducing the harmful effects of climate change. The plants in the school kitchen garden would help store carbon from atmosphere in the soil. Also, growing food locally would reduce the need to transport food from other places thus decreasing contribution to carbon emission from vehicles which are used to transport food products