A charitable organisation called ‘Bushman Farming Network’ has introduced organic farming method to inmates at the Auki Correctional Service on Monday in Malaita Province.
President of Bushman Farming Network Casper Saefo’oa said, organic farming method is one of the best ways to improve soil management and yield.
He explained with this type of farming it requires only small plot of land to plant vegetables rather that cultivating big area of land to do farming.
“In the future our population will increase and we will have shortage of land to plant our crops so we must have these types of skills and knowledge to understand organic farming.”
The network is working in partnership with an American soil scientist John Elden in supporting the organisation with theory in soil management.
Speaking on behalf of the inmates yesterday Fred Kwaiani said, they thanked the Auki Correctional Service and the organisation for organising this very important program for them to understand how they start their own organic farm.
“Basiclly we involve in this program to learn new ideas and to change new method of farming when we return to our homes in the future.”
Mr Kwaiani also added that the program also motivates them and create income opportunities in the future.
“We have already been painted with bad images but we hope in the future we will do what we have learnt here especially to help our family members and relatives back in our homes.”
He also called on the national government to organise such courses for inmates throughout the country to involve and to create other job opportunities for them once they are released.
“Some of us lost our jobs and we need job opportunities to help us and our families to improve our standard of living In the future,” Mr Kwaiani revealed.
By GEORGE MANFORD