Govt wants more food produced at Richmond prison

August 24, 2017
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries,J.C. Hutchinson (3rd from left) along with (l-r) Suptendent in charge of the Richmond Adult Correctional Centre in St Mary, Leroy Allen (2nd left), Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jnr. and CEO of the Rural Agricultural Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson (5th left), on tour of agricultural production at the facility on Tuesday.

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.

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