With protesting farmers continuing to put in semi-permanent structures at the Singhu border, mostly for accommodation purposes, several protesters have started sowing a varied range of vegetables, some along the sides of the structures.
A park, which was recently made by the protesters, is additionally set to show into a vegetable garden for the farmers. Volunteers said that more such gardens are going to be made counting on space.
Charanjit Singh, a farmer from Punjab’s Ludhiana district, said: “The park was opened a couple of days ago. Now several women and youngsters visit the park within the mornings. we’ve also decided to plant saplings and sow in order that we will grow vegetables ourselves for consumption later.”
Mr. Singh, who is additionally a volunteer taking care of the park, added: “As of now we’ve coriander and calabash among other vegetables. We also are growing mint and have started using it. lately most of the people are busy constructing their houses up here . Once it’s done, we’ll see if there’s enough space available where we will make other similar gardens.”“We even have to make a decision on where the water from the prevailing langars will get drained to make sure that the roads aren’t flooded,” he said.
Several others said that aside from beautification purposes, they need also started sowing in limited quantities. Joginder Singh, a farmer from Punjab’s Roopnagar, district said: “People often come here to sell saplings. So we’ve kept a couple of along the boundary. aside from beautification purposes, we’ve also sowed a couple of vegetables in order that over subsequent few months we will consume it right from here.”
Stating that the preparations and modifications are towards a extended haul, Mr. Singh said: “We still don’t skills long the movement will continue. For the previous couple of months we’ve been self-sufficient throughout and that we shall continue doing an equivalent . we’ve survived harsh conditions over of these months and that we aren’t moving from here.”
Thousands of farmers are camping at Delhi’s borders demanding a minimum support price and repeal of the three farm laws brought in by the Centre last year.