Newport Mills Limited (NPM), manufacturers of Nutramix, has partnered with the Ministry of National Security to install two new 9,000-square- foot broiler units at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre (TFACC). The investment, valued at J$30 million, includes the installation of the broiler units, expertise on design and training. Newport Mills Ltd designed and managed the project, and donated J$ 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.
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 kilogrammes of broiler meat and represent approximately 40 per cent of total inmate consumption, saving the DCS approximately J$13 million annually.