Prisoners from Gaza, Mozambique, to grow rice

17 December 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Dec – A group of prisoners is preparing a 100-hectare plot of land in the Chokwé district of the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, to grow rice, Macauhub has learned from the National Prisons Service (Snapri).

The source contacted by Macauhub declined to provide figures for investment in this project and said it was the prison sector’s contribution to prepare the prison population for life after their sentence has been served.

Seventy percent of the total 14,000 prisoners in Mozambique are aged between 16 and 25 and the government is preparing a plan to give them productive activities to occupy their time.

Another group of prisoners is involved in industrial pineapple production in the Muxungue area of Sofala province, in central Mozambique.

Snapri is expecting production this season of around 3,000 tons of food from an area of just over 1,200 hectares which, in future, may be expanded.

In Itoculo, in the Monapo district of Nampula province, and in Cagore, in the Baruè district of Manica province, Snapri has acquired 1,000 hectares of land where inmates are expected to carry out agri-livestock activities.

Last week the deputy minister for Justice, Alberto Nkutumula inaugurated a project for chicken production which, with support from the Danish international development agency, Danida, is expected to be extended to other prisons. (macauhub)