News

Farm at Metcalfe Street juvenile centre to be expanded

Monday, April 16, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Rudyard Spencer, says the ministry will be working to expand the farm programme at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre into one that is sustainable and profitable.

The young male wards at the Kingston-based facility are involved in the planting of produce such as banana, pak choi, sorrel and aloe vera, and poultry and fish farming to meet their consumption needs. The waste from the fish ponds supplies nutrients for the crops.

The farm is part of the rehabilitation programme at the facility, aimed at assisting in the reintegration of the wards into society by providing them with a skill to pursue productive ventures upon their release.

During a tour of the remand centre today, Spencer told JIS News that he is impressed with the farm and wants to see more produce planted to sell to the public.

“We must plant enough food for them to feed themselves and to sell outside, so that's my focus – education and farming with a difference. We're hoping that the farm will reach a stage where we will sell extras to the general public,” he said.

During his tour of the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre, Spencer also observed boys engaged in other areas of skills training such as music and barbering.

He spoke with staff members, including correctional officers, vocational trainers, and the male wards.

Before visiting Metcalfe Street, Spencer stopped at the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre at South Camp Road.

He will be visiting other juvenile facilities as part of his activities as the new state minister in the Ministry of National Security.

“I have a very special interest in the youth. Whatever they are doing is my concern. I want when they leave these facilities, they leave here better than they came in. If there's anything for me to tweak or introduce in a different way, that's what I will do,” Spencer told JIS News.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT