A group of 30 inmates of the district jail, Kozhikode city in Kerala had received one day training in handling of agriculture implements. The training programme was organized by the agriculture engineering wing in association with Kelappaji Agriculture Engineering College.
The training was given as a part of the rehabilitation programme for jail inmates. Different jails across the state are providing various vocational training programmes to the jailmates which will help them after they released back in society.
It was the first time that the jail inmates were trained to handle agriculture implements in any jail of the state. The initiative is expected to encourage the inmates to take up farming and related activities after prison life.
The training was organized by dividing the 30 member group into six groups. Members of all the six groups were given one hour to use an implement.
"Later, the interested people were provided additional time for using another equipment," said T Ahammed Kabeer, assistant Executive Engineer, Agriculture Department, who led the training programme.
The inmates were trained to use coconut climber, areca nut plucker, garden tiller, power tiller, tree pruner, mini-tractor, and different types of sprayers. The programme was inaugurated by Kozhikode Corporation Mayor Thottathil Raveendran.