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Prisons Keen On Producing Own Food

June 5, 2014



PRISON department intends to take a loan of 100 tractors from Suma JKT in a move aimed at face-lifting the department's capacity to produce more food for prisoners in the country.

The Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Pereira Silima, said while responding to a question by Muhamad Ibrahim Sanya (Stone Town, CUF) who wanted to know the government plan in responding to the offer by SUMA JKT for the Prison Department to borrow tractors.

"In the recent past Suma JKT secured a 40 million US dollar loan from the government of India that was to be spent in buying tractors and the Ministry of Home Affairs entered into a contract with the company to purchase 100 tractors but till now the deal has not been sealed," wondered Mr Sanya.

Responding to the matter, Mr Silima said that it is true that the Suma JKT were required to provide loan tractors to the Prison Department but due to various problems the arrangement did not succeed.

The Prison Department did not have enough money to purchase those tractors, hence it suspended the decision.

It is my hope that we will send another loan application when Suma JKT bring other tractors.

He said that it did not make sense for the government to continue spending a lot of money for purchasing food for prisoners while there was farming equipment lying idle at Suma JKT.

There were many fertile and productive lands in areas where prisons were located, countrywide, which could be used by Prison Services Department for improving its agricultural activities using Suma JKT tractors, he stressed.

Responding to basic question raised by Augustino Manyanda (Mbogwe legislator - CCM) who wanted to know when will the government provide tractors for Kenegere prison in Nkasi District , Deputy Minister Silima said the government would continue to improve agricultural activities in its prisons.

Silima said the government had purchased power tiller tractors in 2010 and water pumps for the Kenegere prison which is involved in rice, maize and cassava farming.

He said the government would continue to build new staff houses, renovate and finish all houses according to availability of financial resources.


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Source: AllAfrica


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