Orissa Prison Goes Green, Inmates all Set to Become Organic Farmers

Authorities will launch a natural farming plan over the five-acres of agricultural land that is present on the jail's premises.

O ne of the oldest prisons in Orissa, the Balasore District Jail, is all set to implement an organic farming plan!

Not only is this model touted to increase the jail’s earnings, but it is primarily aimed at enabling inmates to learn a process that they can use once released, the New Indian Express reported.

Authorities will launch a natural farming plan over the five-acres of agricultural land that is present on the jail’s premises.

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The jail has also hired an organic farming expert to aid the process for a favourable yield of vegetables.

Currently, inmates grow vegetables during winter using the conventional farming methods.

Annually, about Rs 3 lakh worth of vegetables are produced and sold from the jail counters. Aside from the greens apart, rice is also grown on the farmland.

“Organic farming can raise the produce by three to four times, and the jail can provide necessary raw materials for vermicompost generation,” Director General of Prisons Bijay Kumar Sharma said to the New Indian Express.

A vermicompost bed will also be made. Vermicomposting is the product of the composting process using various species of the worm to create a mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast.

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The proposal made by the organic farming expert also includes the need for two pairs of bullocks and cows for generation of the manure

Once the model succeeds, the Directorate of prisons can replicate it in other prisons.

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