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Inmates Step In To Cane Harvest Rescue

  The Fiji Correction Service (FCS) inmates have been considered as a blessing by cane-farmers who had difficulty in finding cane-harvesting gangs. The inmates have stepped in to the rescue
06 Oct 2016 11:00
Inmates Step In To Cane Harvest Rescue
Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service Commander Francis Kean (left) talking to the inmates of Labasa Corrections Centre during his visit to the sugarcane farms in Labasa yesterday. Photo:JOSAIA RALAGO

 

The Fiji Correction Service (FCS) inmates have been considered as a blessing by cane-farmers who had difficulty in finding cane-harvesting gangs.

The inmates have stepped in to the rescue to harvest cane in most farms which were inaccessible for cane-harvesters and when cane-cutters were difficult to find.

One such farmer is Kalika Prasad of Nakama in Labasa who said he was thankful for the services these inmates were rendering not only for him but to other cane farmers in the country.

“It is very hard to find gangs nowadays especially for farms like this where the poor road conditions make it inaccessible for cane harvesters cannot access and it is a bit far from town,” Mr Prasad.

“I have been employing their services from 2014 after my cane was not harvested the year before because of the difficulty to find cane-cutters.

“I have 10 acre cane-field and they have started harvesting yesterday (Tuesday) and I would like to extend my many thanks to the Fiji Correction Service and I hope we would continue to work together.”

The FCS Commissioner Commander, Francis Kean, assured that inmates would continue to work in cane farms as long as the need arose.

Commander Kean said inmates working in the cane fields in the North and West have managed to harvest a total of 10, 209 tonnes so far.

“This is not the first year that the FCS is involving “Operation Musudovu (Cut-cane)” and we will continue to work with the Government, the Ministry of Sugar and the Fiji Sugar Corporation to ensure that wherever cane needs to be harvested we will employ relevant manpower within the Fiji Correction Service in the harvesting of cane,” Commander Kean said.

He made the comment during his latest trip to the North where he visited inmates harvesting sugar cane in certain areas in Labasa.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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