With the state government promoting zero budget natural farming in Himachal, the state prisons department too has shown keenness to learn and practice it in Model Central Jail Kanda, near Shimla, to begin with.

The two staff members from Kanda jail learnt the technology from Gurukul farm in Kurukshetra last month and passed it on to the inmates, who are farmers back home.

The jail has ten bighas of land, on which fodder is grown for the dozen cows (hybrid), reared at Kanda jail.

“We will now add desi cows in our dairy and resort to zero budget natural farming on the cultivable land in Kanda,” said Somesh Goel Director General of Police for Prison Reforms and Correctional Services, Himachal Pradesh.

He said the Kanda jail inmates, who will do it practically will not only benefit it for their own farms, but are spreading the technology to farmers from villages around Kanda. Goel said the jail is already making vermicompost, using entire green waste in the jail premises.

The DGP visited Kanda jail on Tuesday on the occasion of celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

Some farmers from adjoining villages were also called to Kanda jail for training on zero budget natural farming by jail inmates.