This project supported by the Department of Science and Technology aimed to enhance the nutritional status of the mid-day meal in the selected schools of Nagapattinam district through organic kitchen gardening. This project was implemented during the period of June 2008 – June 2009.
- To improve the nutritional status of mid-day meals in schools of Nagapattinam district.
- To create awareness about the importance of organic farming and health among children in the schools of Nagapattinam district.
WORK DONE UNDER THE PROJECT
- Project activities were implemented in a total of 10 schools in Nagapattinam district
- The students of selected schools were grouped under Nature club. Each club contained 20 students and 10 clubs were formed involving 200 students in 10 schools.
- Training programmes were conducted for students, teacher coordinators and mid-day meal organizers on organic farming, importance of organic kitchen garden, setting up of organic kitchen garden, importance of nutrition and balanced diet.
- Established organic kitchen garden in all the 10 schools by utilizing 2 – 5 cents of fallow land and monitored the organic vegetable garden in all the schools. Local varieties of greens and vegetables were cultivated and utilized for the preparation of mid-day meal.
- A total of ten vermicompost tank were constructed in all the 10 schools for the regular supply of vermicompost to the kitchen garden.
- Constructed low cost cool chambers in six schools. The use of low cost cool chambers have been tested and standardized. This helps to enhance the shelf life of the vegetables.
- Conducted cultural programmes, competitions such as drawing, quiz programme. The prizes for best performance have been distributed during the Children’s day celebration.
- Organic inputs, seeds and seedlings of vegetables, garden implements, information charts on balanced diet were distributed.
- Case study on “Importance and uses of organic vegetable garden” was conducted for selected students and documented.