Perception and Problems of Kitchen Gardening in Jamnagar District of Gujarat, India

Paresh Aambaliya

International Agri-business Management Institute, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat, India.

Chetan R. Dudhagara *

International Agri-business Management Institute, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat, India.

Ashish B. Mahera

International Agri-business Management Institute, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

India has experienced a green revolution in cereal production, providing food security but also necessitating a shift in nutrient supplemental crop production. Kitchen garden production is a simple way to ensure access to a healthy diet with adequate macro- and micronutrients, leading to direct income through surplus production and indirect income through savings and better trade. The study on Perception and Problems of Kitchen Gardening explored the socio-economic profiles, perceptions, and problems faced by kitchen gardeners in the Jamnagar region. Surveying 210 respondents, the study utilized semi-structured schedules and analysed the data using tabular, percentage, Garrett ranking, and weighted average mean methods. Study found that 40.48% of respondents came from families with over five members, while most had families of three to five members. Researchers surveyed respondents from various income groups. Over half of the respondents (51.90%) were engaged in agriculture and dairy farming. Kitchen garden sizes generally ranged from 51-100 sq.  ft. to over 150 sq. ft., with traditional backyard gardens being the most prevalent. All participants were active in kitchen gardening, motivated by self-sufficiency, healthier eating, and sustainable living. Popular vegetables growing in kitchen gardening included cluster bean, tomatoes, brinjals, and okra in the study area. Despite recognizing the benefits, respondents also reported few problems which were impeding their practice in kitchen gardening. Addressing these issues is crucial for improving productivity and promoting sustainable food production practices.

Keywords: Perception, kitchen garden, vegetables, health, kitchen gardener


How to Cite

Aambaliya, Paresh, Chetan R. Dudhagara, and Ashish B. Mahera. 2024. “Perception and Problems of Kitchen Gardening in Jamnagar District of Gujarat, India”. Journal of Experimental Agriculture International 46 (7):631-37. https://doi.org/10.9734/jeai/2024/v46i72616.

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