Officials said that a major part of the produce is consumed by the prisoners themselves. When there is excess production, fruits and vegetables are sold in local markets through Agricultural Produce Marketing Societies.
in Maharashtra prison department has started a new initiative. prisoner inside jail Modern Agricultural Technology Will do farming by being armed with. For this, the jail administration has made complete preparations. At the same time, in many jails, the prisoners have also started farming through modern agricultural techniques. Whereas, officials say that modernization of agricultural technology will not only make it easier for prisoners to do farming, but will also save time. Officials said that proper training will be given to the prisoners to use the new tools.
In fact, there are 60 jails in Maharashtra, which include nine high-security central jails, 19 open jails, 31 district jails and one open jail colony. In 31 of these jails, prisoners do farming throughout the year. After eating, these prisoners produce green vegetables and fruits. Along with this, the inmates of these jails do animal husbandry as well as dairy and poultry farming. This is the reason why the jail administration has started this initiative to train the prisoners. According to the information, these jails collectively have 596 hectares of agricultural land, of which 188 hectares is irrigated land and 144 hectares is rain-fed agricultural land. The annual agricultural production from these jails is about Rs 5 crore.
Prisoners will be given special training
According to Indian Express, the Home Department has sanctioned funds for the purchase of various machinery and equipment for the open jails at Yerwada Central Jail, Buldhana District Jail, Yerwada, Pathan, Nashik Road, Nagpur, Morshi, Visapur, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri. The special thing is that power tiller, cultivator, plowing and sowing machinery and rotavator have been included in the new equipment. Prisoners will be specially trained about all these cesses.
In most cases farming is done by organic methods.
Additional Director General of Police Amitabh Gupta said that we plan to introduce a lot of modernization and innovation in prison agriculture in the coming months. At the same time, Rajaram Kharat, Technical Officer (Prison Agriculture), said that the introduction of modern agricultural equipment would help in training the prisoners in modern mechanization-intensive agriculture. The skills acquired here will give them a better chance of earning employment and livelihood through agriculture upon their release. This will also increase the productivity of prison agriculture, which in most cases is done by organic methods.
Jaggery production units have started selling
Officials said that a major part of the produce is consumed by the prisoners themselves. When there is excess production, fruits and vegetables are sold in local markets through Agricultural Produce Marketing Societies. The inmates cultivate Kharif, Rabi, pulses, oilseeds, fruits and leafy vegetables. Some jails have even started cultivating sugarcane and selling it to sugar mills or jaggery production units.