PRISONERS SHOULD GROW OWN FOOD, SAYS PNG PRISONS MINISTER

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 31, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Papua New Guinea's Minister for Prisons, Peter Arul, says wardens in the country should use prisoners to grow their own food and become self-reliant, given PNG's current economic difficulties.

Arul said if this is done, the country can save nine million kina ($US 5 million) now spent every year on food for prisoners.

Meanwhile, the Australian government through its aid agency, AusAID, says it will provide funds to improve facilities in PNG's major prison at Bomana, near Port Moresby, and Beon prison in Madang province.

The projects come under AusAID's commitment to PNG's law and justice sector, which this year will cost $AUS 27 million ($US 17.2 million).

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