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Rehabilitation programme for inmates paying dividends

November 14, 2015 7:30 pm

Rehabilitation programs carried out at the Fiji Corrections Service around the country are paying dividends.

Commissioner of Corrections Lt. Colonel Ifereimi Vasu says over 1030 acres of land is currently being used by the Naboro corrections centre for farming.

Last year’s ginger was sold locally however this year; it’s being exported to Australia and other parts of the world.

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The corrections centre piggery is also expected to make its own feed in a few years time as commercial feed is expensive.

To minimize costs, pigs are fed cassava, rice and fish to supplement the feed. Pig sales rake in half a million dollars a year.

That money goes back to the government while $200,000 is kept for costs at the Naboro Complex.

Their poultry farms in the Maximum Security facility rake in around thirty thousand dollars a week.

Vasu says demand is so high that they can’t fully meet the quota for Fiji Meats which supplies to hotels and walk in customers.

“We supply to few of the supermarkets, fishing boats and other walk in customers so we just can’t meet the demand so that’s what’s there on the demand from the market.”

The garment workshop is able to earn half a million dollars per year and now has plans to open retail outlets around Fiji.

There are one thousand seven hundred and twenty three prison inmates including four babies in thirteen prison complexes around the country.

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