Vegetable farm in Cheemeni open prison
Cheemeni (Kasaragod): In a different way of vegetable farming, the open prison in Cheemeni managed to earn a huge income. Over 200 kilograms of vegetable seeds were produced in the open prison and more than Rs 4 lakh could be earned through this.
Vegetable seeds were produced in cooperation with the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) in Pilicode. Okra and cucumber seeds were produced 100 kilograms each. Apart from this, long beans, spinach, snake gourd, ash gourd and pumpkin seeds are available here.
For producing seeds, plants were specially cultivated in 4 acres of land. Seeds were collected from ripe vegetables. After removing seeds, the vegetables were taken to farms and the remaining waste was converted to organic fertilizer. Over 5 tonnes of cucumber was used for getting seeds.
The prison authorities expect that the income would multiply as harvest season in going on. The RARS in Pilicode provided the seeds and the prisoners maintained the farm. When the seeds are given back, the prison receives its price.
Apart from seed production, vegetables are cultivated in 10 acres of land. The vegetables remaining after the use in prison are sold outside. Healthy vegetable saplings will be sold in the next season. Cheemeni Open Prison had won second place in state level for vegetable cultivation.