Lahore:03 April: Punjab University’s Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS) has organised an online kitchen gardening training programme in order to promote healthy activities for the people at home in the prevailing situation. In this regard, IAGS Director Prof Dr Saleem Haider, faculty members, including Moazzam Anis, Dr Mubeen Sarwar, Dr Shafiq and MPhil scholar Arsalan gave hands-on training for growing organic food at home to a large number of participants who were connected through social networking software. On this occasion, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad said it was necessary to engage people at home during lockdown in positive activities so that they could keep themselves mentally and physically healthy. He said kitchen gardening was a good hobby as well as a good source of obtaining vegetables which were free of chemicals and other pollutants. He said organic vegetables strengthened and enhanced the immune system in our body which was also necessary to fight coronavirus. PU VC said kitchen gardening could provide a business opportunity to many people at small scale. Prof Saleem Haider said that the people could grow summer vegetables at very low cost and limited resources at home and it was the right time. He said people could grow summer vegetables at the balcony, rooftop, lawn, courtyard etc where sunlight was available. He said due to lack of awareness, people did not focus on kitchen gardening; however, in the prevailing situation, it was one of the best activities to utilise time at home and get benefit from nature. Dr Mobeen Sarwar, Dr Shafiq, Moazzam Anees and Arsalan trained the people how to grow bottle gourd, bitter gourd, sponge gourd, okra, tomato, green chili, sweet pepper, mint, tinda gourd, cucumber and brinjal at home. They also guided the people how to get and make necessary items. The recorded programmes of kitchen gardening training sessions would be available on PU’s official social media channels from Saturday (tomorrow) so that people could take advantage of it anytime, anywhere.The news.