One of the 17 Prisons farms of the Nigerian Prisons Service that major in rice production, the Lakushi Farm Centre has harvested over 400 bags of rice in 2017.
In a statement by the Prisons Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, Luka Ayedoo, the farm was repositioned at the wake of President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to diversify the Nigerian Economy, with emphasis on the Agricultural and Mining sectors.
According to the statement, the Lakushi Farm Centre in 2017 received two tractors, one operational vehicle, two boom sprayer, three seed-drill planter, two multi-crop threshers, herbicides, pesticides etc.
“The Nigerian Prisons Service received good funding, which launched the transformation face of these farms in 2016, leading to the procurement and distribution of modern farm tools, aimed at mechanizing the farms for self-sufficiency, training of inmates and enhance revenue base of the Service.
“The Controller General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed also approved the sum of N33,440,291.58 for the renovation of the farm building and inmate cells; which is ongoing.
“The farms is already living up to it expectation of supporting prisoners’ rehabilitation and reintegration through enhanced modern skills/training in farming techniques; and have kick-started the Nigerian Prisons’ drive towards self-sufficiency,” the statement noted.
Mr Ayedoo however said the centre is open to any form of support, cooperation, and partnership that will enhance the execution of her mandate and further assure the public of her resolve to work for public safety.