Utilising time, inmates of old-age home turn farmers

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AmritsarPosted at: May 31, 2017, 1:06 AM; last updated: May 31, 2017, 1:06 AM (IST)

Amritsar, May 30

Turning their small kitchen garden into a project, the inmates of Sarab Asara, an old age home, have managed to make their hours productive, literally. With successful produce that includes spinach, carrot, radish and almost every kind of winter and summer vegetables, the 14 senior citizens have managed to turn green entrepreneurs.
“We encouraged our inmates to participate and learn the natural farming techniques, as not all of them come from agriculture background. In a few months, we managed to convince most of them and now they take care of the chores right from sowing to watering and even cropping,” says Pammi Sukhija, senior manager, Sarab Asara.
Implementing his concept of engaging the elderly in activities that bring about a social change and ensuring that their twilight years are productive, city-based youngster Inderpreet Singh has collaborated with Sarab Asara, a home for the old to engage them in community-based activities. Currently, their crop output increases their consumption capacity.
“We have started gifting our organic vegetables to any visitor, who comes to our abode. We have recently had gourd, cucumber, mint, lady finger and summer vegetables,” says Pammi. The project has been running for six months now and some of the inmates, who know about farming, teach the others as well. “We have not bought any vegetable from market ever since, so it has cut down on our expenses. Also, the food habits of our inmates have become healthy as they are consuming natural products.”
The only glitch that remains is that some of the inmates are yet to contribute towards this project. “Our focus was to make them productive, get them engaged in some activity so that their time is positively consumed. But we are yet to get some inmates, especially women, to come on board as they are not ready to devote their time to it,” says Pammi. — TNS

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