2012 09 Creative Things Thursday Features 20

Residential areas most especially the ones on urban fringes seamlessly merged into growing metropolitan cities frequently adapted their farming methods to the new urban opportunities available. This involves the proximity to markets that have better opportunities in gathering market information and also, to directly interact with the urban customers. Innovative urban farming techniques that are requiring less land is creating higher yields should sustain the local urban food market.

Adapting to Opportunities

The peri-urban as well as urban agriculture generally depends on the micro-units of the intensive livestock rearing as well as horticultural production.

There are even instances in which there’s no need for cultivating land by using container production, hydroponic system and rooftop.

The typical produce are:

  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Ornamental plants
  • Fish
  • Herbs and;
  • Green vegetables

Creation of Farming Methods

For instance in Mumbai, India, there are around 6 kinds of urban farming that is in used and these are the:

  1. Railway Gardens
  2. Terrace Gardens
  3. Farms
  4. Tabelas
  5. Goat Keepers and;
  6. Balcony Gardens

Out of these farming methods, the balcony and terrace gardens are using limited inputs and resources yet, it’s the most economical option among others. Thus, many farmers of all sizes are taking advantage of this approach.