A total of 50 inmates from the Minimum Corrections Facility in Naboro have left for Lautoka in the West to beef up harvesting of sugar-cane.
According to Fiji Corrections Service, Supervisor Southern Division, Assistant Superintendent Peniasi Moce, the inmates will be harvesting cane till the mill stops its crushing season.
“There has been a huge demand from farmers in Nadi as well as Sigatoka cane belt areas for our services in harvesting but we cannot meet the demand.”
“This is probably also a good time for unemployed youths to earn some money from cane-cutting as well as contribute towards the sugar sector and the economy as a whole.”
Meanwhile there are a total of 44 inmates from the Vaturekuka Corrections Centre who are currently working in four work parties in cane belt areas close to Labasa.
According to Supervisor Northern, Assistant Superintendent Lemeki Rokovesa, harvesting of cane for the inmates is now into its second week.