Govt wants more food produced at Richmond prison
The Government said it intends to maximise the use of the 300 plus-acre property which houses the Richmond Farm Adult Correctional Centre in St Mary.
A project committee has already been established and has been collecting data and designing a plan of action in order to finalise a memorandum of understanding between the agriculture and national security ministries.
It is expected that the agriculture ministry, through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, will contribute input material such as seedlings, pesticides and fertilisers to the project.
According to the agriculture ministry, it wants to see the production of tree crops and other produce for consumption at the medium-security prison.
Superintendent in charge at the Richmond correctional facility, Leroy Allen, hailed the agricultural programme as a "welcome move" and one that will not only facilitate production, but will enhance the training and rehabilitation programme at Richmond.
Allen said that crops such as corn, sorrel, plantain and bananas are grown at the facility, while approximately 20 dozen eggs are produced daily.