Nepal: Urban rooftop farms as new city culture

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According to the data of economic activities at Nepal Rastra bank, cultivable land in Nepal has decreased by 30,334 hectares in the fiscal year 2016/17. Hence, rooftop farming can significantly contribute to decrease the import of agricultural products from other countries.

By Aditya Neupane
My Republica
Jan 3, 2018

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One of the main specialties about rooftop farming is that you can also grow unseasonal vegetables and fruits through the green house effect. Rosy Maharjan, trainer of a project named ‘Phohor Maila Bewasthapan Ko Lagi Pratifal Ma Aadharit’, said, “Small families can easily produce enough vegetables for themselves through rooftop farming if it is done in a scientific way.” The project has been providing training on rooftop farming, waste segregation and composting to the residents of Lalitpur Metropolitan City.

Maharjan added that hybrid breeds of fruits are also available in market, which can be grown in a simple pot on your roof. “People don’t have to waste a lot of money for rooftop farming, household materials such as perforated water jars, bottles, plastic bags and pots can be used for cultivation. If waterproofing and drainage of the roof is good, the farming can also be done for longer period of time,” Maharjan said.

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