Editorial

Commercial rooftop farming gains ground

A step towards urban sustainability


Published : 14 Oct 2021 09:06 PM | Updated : 16 Oct 2021 09:15 AM

Amid rapid urbanization in the capital, rooftop gardening is becoming a game changer. The country’s agriculture is now heading towards cities. And the future generation will mostly depend on urban agriculture as an alternative to their professions. 

Nowadays, youths are renting different roofs across the capital for rooftop agriculture. With this initiative, a separate ecosystem is being developed in cities. On the other hand, as the leafy vegetables demand for fast food lovers is also increasing, rooftop gardening can be an alternative to meet the growing demand.

As a result of urbanization including construction of houses, roads, shops, industries for the growing population, the amount of arable land is decreasing day by day. With the increase in population, the amount of land decreases by about one percent every year. Therefore, in order to meet the food needs of the growing population, it is necessary to increase food production. 


The government should run awareness 

and promotional campaigns to let people

know about rooftop farming


Dhaka is one of the most densely populated mega cities in the world. The population growth here is extremely high. Therefore, to support the growing food demand of the swelling population, food supply should be secure and sustainable.

On the other hand, with the rapid pace of urbanization in the city, the number of rooftops and space are also increasing here. To encourage more rooftop farming and gardening, government can increase tax rebates on this sector. It will help to promote a sustainable and liveable city.

However, maintenance of these rooftop gardens can be costly. Many of the city residents do not have proper training in agriculture. Starting gardening without appropriate knowledge may lead to exasperating outcomes and this ultimately might result in unwillingness of the people in initiating new rooftop gardens. Therefore, along with the tax rebate government can also run some awareness and promotional campaigns to let people know about rooftop farming.

If implemented successfully, the local fresh and safe food can be safeguarded through roof gardens in Dhaka city. Rooftop farming will also support the environment by improving air quality, reducing the CO2 level in the atmosphere which ultimately will benefit our society.

Rooftop farming will also support the environment by improving air quality, reducing the CO2 level in the atmosphere which ultimately will benefit  our society.

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