Central jail earns Rs 66 lakh from agriculture produce

Jeetendra Sapkale

Nashik: Nashik Road central jail has earned the revenue of Rs. 65.88 lakh through agriculture produce for the financial year 2017-18. It is in the second position in Maharashtra in the production of the agriculture produce.

While speaking to daily Deshdoot Times, Rohidas Gole, agriculture officer said, “We have earned Rs. 2,57,1140 through agriculture produce produced by inmates in central prison, while the revenue of Rs. 40,17,765 has been earned through the agriculture produce produced by inmates in open prison.”

Rs. 1,55,520 has been earned through sale of tamarind, while Rs. 6,17,424 has been earned through sale of soybean. The prison earned the revenue of Rs. 2,42,280 through onion. Rs. 2,42,280 has been earned through sale of potato, while Rs. 1,23,012 has been earned through sale of milk, he added.

Overall 60 inmates are working for farm sector from open jail. The farmland is spread over 54 hectares of land.  Over plantation drive by the state government, Gole informed, “We have planted 4,000 saplings till July 10 under government’s tree plantation programme. I myself prepared the seeds of country trees for this plantation.

A separate team has been formed for this drive. 5 inmates, 1 warden and 1 police are part of this team. They are taking care of the saplings for conserving them.” “We have earned Rs. 1,10 lakh through sale of saplings of country tree Karanj, whereas Rs, 5,000 has been earned through sale of onion seeds.

We have prepared the saplings of trees like custard apple, drumstick, Hadga, tamarind, curry leaves, mango ourselves. The objective behind this is that the prison would earn more revenue through this, he said.

Jail superintendent Rajkumar Sali and senior jail officer Ashok Katkar are also taking efforts to earn more revenue through the agriculture produce. Considering the land available with the jail, the officials are conducting various experiments to increase the yield from 45 hectares of land.