Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, says the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit is ramping up their efforts to investigate and prosecute offenders in a bid to curtail praedial larceny over the Christmas season.
“We have found that praedial larceny is an organised crime and the ministry and the Praedial Larceny Unit have increased our resources and strategies to combat this. We know that incidents of praedial larceny increase significantly during the Christmas season, so there is a need for both farmers and law enforcers to heighten awareness and precaution to tackle this now,” Green asserted.
The agriculture minister was recently speaking at the Anti-Praedial Larceny Pre-Christmas Training Programme hosted by the Praedial Larceny Prevention Co-ordination Unit and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) at the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) on Oxford Road in the Corporate Area.
“This year, more than ever, we have to be extremely vigilant because of what (has) happened to our markets in relation to the recent rains and (how it will lead to) increased prices. Based on the (increased) prices, people will see this as an opportunity for them to profit without putting in any work,” the minister said as he emphasised the importance of the training session that will not only serve the farmers better for the festive season, but also beyond.