Kerevat correctional institution leads others in farming
|Bakery training||Cocoa fermentation||Duck farming||Fish pond||Nursery|
|Pepper spices||Piggery||Rice farming||Vanilla farming||Weighing of yams|
Kerevat Correctional Institution is (probably) leading the way in terms of projects in Correctional Institutions throughout the country. To date it has raised over K8,000.00 in sales of livestock, commercial crops, and has produced its own rice for detainee consumption.
"We have the manpower and land here at Kerevat but all we need is funding assistance from CS Headquarter to enable us to extend the projects we currently have here at the institution," Commanding Officer Chief Superintendent Matthew Bine said.
Kerevat is also the only location in the New Guinea Islands that has an inland fishing project. It currently has more than five (5) ponds which are used for cultivating carp and Sepik Talapia. The ponds hold a total population of over 2,500.00 carp and 5,000.00 Sepik talapia. Both fishes are bred together in the same ponds.
Livestock that are bred at Kerevat include pigs, chicken (layers and meat birds), ducks and fish. In the commercial crop area, it produces cocoa, vanilla, guava, coffee, pepper, balsa wood, mangostin (fruit similar to ton) and citrus trees. The market garden comprises of crops such as kaukau, aibika, broccoli, snake bean, cucumber, peanuts, round cabbage and capsicum.
In terms of rice production Kerevat has the largest rice mill (in East New Britain) on site which caters for the whole Gazelle Peninsula (District). To date the mill has processed 923 kg of rice with a total output of 527.5 kg of rice after milling. From the overall total 340 kg was from the institution and 187.5 kg was from the surrounding areas.
According to the Project Manager Inspector Michael Joseph, Kerevat has the potential of increasing the output capacity of its products but will need assistance from CS Headquarter regarding funding.
If the Project Office at CSHQ supports the institution with funding than the projects will blossom-especially livestock. The funding required from CSHQ is purposely for chicken feed and fish mill (feed for fish). These livestock need a consistent supply of feed requirements. In order for Kerevat to sustain the livestock projects there are plans to increase the number of cocoa trees as well as rice production to sustain the existing projects.
To date the institution has over 2,100.00 cocoa trees that has remained after the Kerevat river flooding which destroyed some plots next to the river bank. Not to be outdone 1,347 new cocoa seedlings have been planted recently with another 10,000 hybrid seedlings to be planted in the near future in areas where teak trees have been harvested.
Currently Kerevat is in the process of extending all projects because they have the support of NARI (National Agriculture Research Institute), CCRI (Cocoa Coconut Research Institute), OISCA (Overseas International Services Cooperation Agency) behind them. In addition they have qualified trained personnel as well as detainees who can implement and manage the projects.