Newport Mills Ltd. Partners With Ministry of National Security for Prisoner Rehabilitation Through Agriculture Programme

Minister of National Security- Matthew Samuda is joined by the Newport Mills Ltd Team- (L) to (R) Samuel Jones- Technical Sales Representative, Hans Muller- Divisional Manager, Dr Patrick Craig- Veterinarian, Winston Thomas- Regional Sales Manager and Joseph Carr- Tamarind Farm Correctional Officer.

Newport Mills Limited (NPM), manufacturers of Nutramix, has partnered with the Ministry of National Security to install two new 9,000 square feet broiler units at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre (TFACC). The investment valued at JMD $30 million, includes installation of the broiler units, expertise on design and training. Newport Mills Ltd. designed and managed the project and donated J$ 7 million in goods and services.

The project is a move towards the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) becoming self-sufficient in food production, while at the same time providing the inmates with technical skills that will help them to reintegrate into society upon their release, as part of the rehabilitation through agriculture programme. 

Minister of National Security- Matthew Samuda is joined by the Newport Mills Ltd Team- (L) to (R) Samuel Jones- Technical Sales Representative, Hans Muller- Divisional Manager, Dr Patrick Craig- Veterinarian, Winston Thomas- Regional Sales Manager and Joseph Carr- Tamarind Farm Correctional Officer.

The facility will house a total of 9,000 chickens and includes a slaughterhouse, bathroom, processing equipment and storage room, refrigeration unit and feed bin. The poultry production programme is expected to produce near to 100,000 kgs of broiler meat annually and represent approximately 40% of total inmate consumption annually, saving the DCS approximately JMD $13 million annually.

“The Ministry of National Security is very proud of the patriotism exemplified by Newport Mills and the wider CB group. This is a small project in the grand scheme of things, but it will have a huge and immediate impact. It will save the DCS millions annually, so it is clear that this is not just chicken feed. While the money saved is nothing to scoff at, the rehabilitation of the inmates is one more step in the right direction. The country suffers from a reoffending rate of about 40%, so every effort to improve the quality of our rehabilitation efforts is a step in reducing crime and providing greater citizen security and giving inmates a sense of pride,” remarked Minister of National Security, Matthew Samuda.

In addition to the construction of the units, correctional officers and inmates participated in training seminars hosted by Nutramix in Poultry Production. Fifteen correctional officers and eleven inmates have completed the training and will be presented with certificates.

Regional Sales Manager of Newport Mills Ltd, Winston Thomas, pets a baby chicken in the newly built poultry farm at Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional centre. 

Speaking at the Commissioning Ceremony, Nutramix’s Regional Sales Manager, Winston Thomas, expressed, “The project comes as an opportunity to give back to Jamaica and make a difference- it is not just about producing meat but also about the knowledge that will be gained by the inmates. A lot of persons doing poultry farming in Jamaica were never really technically trained, so they lack in knowledge. This programme will provide that knowledge to the inmates so that they can go back into their communities and make a meaningful life for themselves and their families.”

The partnership will not end at the installation of the broiler units. Correctional officers and intimates will receive ongoing training and guidance from the Nutramix technical team.

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