SOME 40 inmates of Negros Occidental District Jail (NODJ) in Bago City have already started their training on organic agriculture.
Jail Officer 2 Juniven Rey Umadhay said the training, spearheaded by the Provincial Government, started on January 25.
He said the Provincial Government will continue to monitor the progress of the inmates in the program.
“We introduce organic farming to the inmates. They are being taught the ways and means on how to implement organic farming,” he said.
He added that this is a great help for the rehabilitation and reformation of the prisoners, which is the foremost function and mandate of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
He said the 40 inmates – 20 males and 20 females – will eventually train other prisoners about organic agriculture.
At present, there are 640 inmates in the NODJ.
Arcenio de la Torre of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist-Organic Agriculture Division said the season-long training will last for four months, or 16 weeks, with sessions conducted once a week.
Part of the training is learning how to plant high-value vegetables and rice, he said.
The inmates will plant vegetables inside the jail facility while rice will be grown just outside the NODJ, where there is an organic plantation.
The Negros First Organic Technology Center, which is located in the vicinity of NODJ, serves as a training venue for organic practitioners.