Labasa in­mates en­gaged in sug­ar­cane har­vest­ing

Ini­tia­tive part of a com­mu­nity out­reach to as­sist our su­gar in­dus­try

Fiji Sun - - Business - SHRATIKA NAIDU EDITED BY: FILIPE NAIGULEVU Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice hopes mem­bers of the pub­lic will ap­pre­ci­ate and be in­spired by the ef­forts of in­mates en­gaged in sug­ar­cane har­vest­ing

Jo Kulin­i­dilo

Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Cor­rec­tions (Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent)

Fifty in­mates from the Labasa Cor­rec­tions Cen­tre are cur­rently en­gaged in sug­ar­cane har­vest­ing on var­i­ous farms in Labasa. Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Cor­rec­tions Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Jo Kulin­i­dilo said the in­mates, who be­gan har­vest­ing on June 23, were en­gaged as per the re­quest of farm­ers who ap­plied to the Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice seek­ing labour­ers. “Pay­ment is de­ter­mined by the tonnes har­vested,” Mr Kulin­i­dilo said. “Of the to­tal pay­ment re­ceived for the work car­ried out by in­mates, ex­penses re­quired to fa­cil­i­tate har­vest­ing by in­mates is de­ducted first. “The bal­ance is di­vided into a 60:40 ra­tio where the in­mates re­ceive 60 per cent as pay­ment for their labour and 40 per­cent is re­turned to Gov­ern­ment.” While the num­ber varies on a daily ba­sis and de­pended on the avail­abil­ity of in­mates, Mr Kulin­i­dilo said this was part of a com­mu­nity en­gage­ment to as­sist our su­gar in­dus­try and the econ­omy. “With farm­ers fac­ing chal­lenges in se­cur­ing labour­ers, the Fiji Su­gar Cor­po­ra­tion (FSC) is happy to as­sist by re­leas­ing in­mates and of­fi­cers for the pur­pose of har­vest­ing sug­ar­cane,” he said.

Mr Kulin­i­dilo said de­spite their in­car­cer­a­tion, the in­mates were ca­pa­ble of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in so­ci­ety. “The FCS hopes mem­bers of the pub­lic will ap­pre­ci­ate and be in­spired by the ef­forts of in­mates en­gaged in sug­ar­cane har­vest­ing,” he said. Mr Kulin­i­dilo also re­minded civil­ians to re­frain from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with in­mates while work­ing on these farms.

Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Cor­rec­tions Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Jo Kulin­i­dilo.

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