REINFORCEMENT was sent from the Suva Corrections Centre to Lautoka in a bid to assist inmates that have been hard at work at various sugar cane farms across the Western Division.
The second group of 20 inmates arrived over the weekend to begin work as labourers during the harvesting season.
According to the Fiji Corrections Service, the first group were transferred to the Ba Corrections Centre from Nasinu and would work at the FSC farm yard while others were employed at sugar cane farmers at Natabua and Lomolomo.
In Lautoka, a total of 80 inmates are engaged in harvesting in the Naviyago, Paipai and the Johnson fields.
In Labasa, a total of 75 inmates are also working in cane fields in Wailevu, Tuatua, Basoga, Soasoa and Waiqele.
A total of 195 inmates in the country have been hard at work in sugar cane farms as demand for their labour continues to rise.
"We will continue to engage inmates in harvesting cane despite the looming threat of a strike action by FSC's union workers," said FCS spokeswoman Ana Tamani in a statement.
"While we hope that good sense will prevail, we are grateful that we are able to contribute to the national economy considering that more than 200,000 families depend on the sugar industry."