This nursery is being developed in the vicinity of the Statue of Unity, in line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision that visitors, when they return, should take back with them seedlings as a Plant of Unity. Out of the one million plants targeted, 0.3 million plants are in ‘ready to sell’ stage and the other 0.7 million are likely to be ready soon. The distribution of plants will be done at the entry gate where a stall has been put up for this purpose. Local youth are involved in the growing, development and sale of these plants.
Besides, Ekta Nursery will also focus on various traditional eco-friendly products with a live demonstration of their manufacturing/production process.
Small scale industries play a significant role in the overall growth of the economy. Bamboo entrepreneurship is one of the key instruments in uplifting the socio-economic status of under-privileged people. Bamboo, a thriving small-scale business, is one of the oldest materials used in the world. According to research, this industry is characterised by the unique feature of labour intensiveness and specialises in the production of consumer commodities.
Being different to timber trees, planting bamboo has low initial cost, reducing the investment burden of the farmers. Planting bamboo is easy and has high payback because every part of bamboo has an economic value.
Areca leaf plates
One more initiative towards eco-friendly production is Areca Leaf Plates.
Advantages of Areca Leaf Plates:
- They are eco-friendly, biodegradable and compostable.
- No cutting of trees is required, fallen leaves are collected and converted to value-added products. Based on wealth from out-of-waste concept.
- Free of chemicals, bleaching, poly-ethylene coating as found in paper cups, wax coating at any stage. No added or applied colour.
- Used food plates will be naturally degraded within 60 days like any other plant matter.
- Manufacturing waste of Areca sheaths will be used for Vermicompost, dry fodder for animals and biofuel bricks.
The most evident benefit of biodegradable pots is that they are far better for the environment than traditional pots. There is no waste, the pots are made using renewable and sustainable raw materials and are reabsorbed into the soil upon use. The pot contains cow dung, sand and rice husk in proportion of 1:8:1. Biodegradable pots help the environment, slash down the drudgery and even help the plants grow – subsequently benefitting the ecosystem.
It is an Asian art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees that mimic the shape of full-size trees in containers. Growing and tending to bonsai trees is a wonderful hobby and a great stress reliever.
Decorative ceramic pots with traditional as well as modern designs are sold.
Narmada is a tribal dominant district. There will be a display of a traditional tribal house with a courtyard that showcases the lifestyle, culture and traditions of tribal living in the area.
Kadaknath is a black colour chicken, with meat and blood black in colour. Found only in India, it has now also got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag. It is rich in protein (25% higher than any chicken breed), rich in minerals like niacin, protein, fat, calcium, nicotinic, iron, and acid and vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E and has low fat content. Kadaknath meat is used for treating nervous disorder while its blood is used for treating chronic diseases.
Beekeeping (or apiculture) is the maintenance of bee colonies in man-made hives. Most honeybees are of the Genus Apis breed.
Beekeeping activity has several advantages which include products such as honey, wax, etc. Honey has a great nutritional and medicinal value. Wax also has many commercial uses. Apart from this, bees also help in pollination.
Tribals have a range of organic teas apart from the regular tea, like;
- Shankhpushi tea,
- Ardusi tea,
- Galo tea
- Phudina tea
Gujarat Fisheries Development Corporation(GFDC) and Ekta sale counter
A wide range of forest produce and Ekta plant grown in the Ekta Nursery will be available for purchase at the Ekta Sale counter.