Cereal pulse-based Indian diets are qualitatively poor in vitamins and minerals due to inadequate consumption of vegetables and fruits – the major source of micronutrients in vegetarian diets. Homestead gardens have been reported to improve access to and consumption of vegetables. Homestead food production also helps with household food security. This study has attempted partial diversification from the water-intensive cropping pattern (rice and sugar cane) to horticulture using green methods of farming in a dry-land area to improve household access to vegetables and environment security
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