THE People's Republic of China gave $30,000 to the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) yesterday to assist with upgrading works at the Naboro Prison.
China's ambassador to Fiji, Huang Yong officially handed the cheque to the Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service at the FCS headquarters.
The Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service, Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu said the funds would be used to upgrade the piggery and poultry facilities.
Lt-Col Vasu said the FCS had just started commercialisation and the areas that needed expanding were poultry and piggery.
"With this assistance, we might have to reduce a little bit of the imports and promote Fijian made," he said.
He said the demand for poultry and piggery was getting higher.
"Now we will be able to expand and meet the demand."
Lt-Col Vasu said FCS really appreciated the assistance provided by the embassy.
"Be rest assured that this fund will go into upgrading of our facilities at Naboro where inmates are being rehabilitated," he said.
Mr Yong commended the department for the success of the Yellow Ribbon initiative.
"Today I feel proud to be part of the project aimed at turning inmates into citizens with skills and therefore useful to society," he said.
He said after the completion of facilities, the FCS would better cater to the needs of the inmates and make further contribution to the stability of the society. "I believe with our joint efforts, our co-operation will be further enhanced," he said.
FCS spokeswoman, Ana Tamani said 17 inmates were working at the piggery while 12 were working at the poultry farm on a daily basis.
"Both industries are run by inmates themselves in an effort to rehabilitate them and ensure that they acquire skills, enabling their successful re-integration into society after their release," she said.