Three months ago, if one happened to pass by the police station in Ambalavayal, a small village in Wayanad, Kerala, he or she wouldn’t have possibly believed that plants could be grown in the barren and miniscule plot of land measuring 0.4 acres, which adjoins the station compound.
However, the police force of this sylvan village has not only achieved the impossible but have also used organic methods to grow and nurture the crops, and have been doing a great job at that!
It all began when Abbas Ali took charge of Ambalavayal police station as its new Sub-Inspector (SI) and came across the fallow plot of land.
The green wave of organic farming has been flowing through the God’s own country for sometime now and looks like the SI was also one amongst the countless people in the state, who were enticed by the idea of growing vegetables organically.
Taking a shovel and other essential tools, Ali took the lead to transform the patch of land.
Moved by the man’s determination and dedication, his subordinates shortly followed suit and accompanied Ali in his mission to grow a vegetable garden near the office premises.
Thanks to the efforts of these khaki-clad heroes, this once unused patch has completely metamorphosed and is brimming with as many as 40 different varieties of vegetables including tomato, brinjal, capsicum, green chilli, and peas. Some crops are being cultivated in about 500 grow-bags sourced out by the policemen.
Using completely organic modes of cultivation, the cops have steered away from artificial fertilisers or pesticides for their crops and are visibly showcasing that maintaining law and order isn’t the only virtue that they possess.
The plot of land has also become a true example of how one should enjoy their own fruits of labour—all the veggies that are harvested from the garden are used in the station canteen.
The responsibility of looking after the crops is equally shared between all the officials, and they take turns to visit the farm and inspect the growth of vegetables every morning at 6 a.m.
As many of the crops are ready to be harvested, the police force plans to expansively utilise their green thumb following the fantastic yields they had procured from the first harvest, which made them even more passionate towards farming.
“We are planning to make the barren land more useful by undertaking farming. This is a leisure activity for the police, and they get some time to relax and forget the tension of the job,” Ali told Mathrubhumi, a Malayalam daily.
The cops at Ambalavayal police station have proved that if one has the will to achieve something, there will always be a way!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)