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Inmates Help Harvest Cane

Inmates of Labasa Corrections Centre (LCC), since 2013, have contributed towards sugar production at Labasa Mill. Under the Fiji Corrections Service’s (FCS) Yellow Ribbon Programme, selected inmates help harvest sugarcane
22 Oct 2015 09:25
Inmates Help Harvest Cane
Inmates cutting cane at a sugar cane farm in Soasoa settlement in Labasa yesterday.

Inmates of Labasa Corrections Centre (LCC), since 2013, have contributed towards sugar production at Labasa Mill.
Under the Fiji Corrections Service’s (FCS) Yellow Ribbon Programme, selected inmates help harvest sugarcane for farmers who face labour shortage.
Service spokesperson Kuini Waqaisavou said inmates from the North and West corrections centres had been involved in sugarcane cutting.
“As for Vanua Levu this year, the inmates harvested sugarcane from 42 farms,” Ms Waqaisavou said.
She said this weekend the inmates would complete their service because the mill would close on October 24.
“We recognise their contribution and effort. These inmates will receive money for cutting cane once they are released from our institutions.
“We also wanted to involve inmates into focusing on the nation’s interest. Hence people who see them working in cane fields will understand that they are contributing positively to national development.”
Acting Permanent Secretary for Sugar Industry Viliame Gucake said during his visit to Labasa last month, he saw many inmates cutting cane for various farmers.
“I am aware that there is labour shortage in Labasa and Seaqaqa and this inmates have helped eased this problem,” Mr Gucake said.
“The good part of this programme is that the inmates, after serving their sentence, can take some money home for their family,” he said.

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