TEN inmates from the Lautoka Corrections Centre have been assisting a businessman harvest about $150,000 worth of cassava in Drasa.
The inmates were recruited by Lautoka businessman Raben Bhan Singh and had been harvesting the crop from his 10-acre farm.
"They are very good boys and I can see they are hard workers, so I am very happy that they are here to help out in the farm," said Mr Singh.
"We have agreed to allow them to come and work for us as part of the Yellow Ribbon program that the Fiji Corrections Service started.
"The inmates will be harvesting cassava planted on 40 acres of land and the harvest is worth between $140,000 and $160,000."
The Singhs Rental car company owner said the harvest was a positive outcome after weathering floods and a tropical cyclone last year.
"We made a decision to switch to cassava planting because the natural disasters that occurred in these areas really affected us. We used to plant and harvest pawpaw but that suffered a lot of damage during the floods.
"I am grateful to the Commissioner Western's office for allowing us to seek the services of the inmates and to the Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industries for their assistance."
LCCI administrator Mohammed Salim said businesses in Lautoka should also be part of the Yellow Ribbon campaign.
"We have to give inmates a chance," he said.
"They are a great help to businessmen like Mr Singh and they can be productive members of society."