THE newly-opened piggery unit at the Naboro Maximum Corrections facility is aimed at decreasing the country's pork import, and compliment plans to start supplying the meat on a commercial level.
These plans were revealed to this newspaper by the Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service, Colonel Ifereimi Vasu, during the opening of the new piggery unit at Naboro yesterday.
The piggery houses 684 pigs.
"This project is the expansion of our piggery. For the last two years, we have seen the congestion at our old piggery and it is unbearable for us to try and increase our numbers," Col Vasu said.
"We needed to put up a piggery like this in order to meet the demand from outside."
The construction of the $115,000 piggery took the FCS engineers six months to complete.
And Col Vasu is confident that the booming business will soon roll out to other corrections facilities in Nasinu and Lautoka to cater for members of the public in the Suva and Nausori corridor, as well as the Western Division.
"It's one of the good projects and in terms of our enterprise, this is one of our most profitable businesses for us.
"Last year, we collected, for the first six months, slightly over $70,000 and for this year, we have gone past $100,000 (for the same period).
"And this is just from the piggery we have here at Naboro."
Col Vasu said the income for the project is expected to be doubled for the first six months of next year considering that the new facility will boost production.
"The demand is overwhelmingly high, we have received orders from as far as the Western Division."