Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, says the country’s Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) has been reaping success recently in curtailing acts of praedial larceny across the country.
“We saw over 80 per cent increase in arrests between 2019 and 2020. (Additionally), we saw a 114 per cent increase in overall operations,” Green outlined while addressing the launch of the National Small Ruminant Development Programme at the Hounslow Research Station in St. Elizabeth recently.
He attributed the increasing success to the PLPU’s partnership with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that has led to several units being established across the different police divisions in the island.
“In fact, we have established seven of them (PLPUs) and we are seeing great returns,” the minister stated.
Green, however, noted that more work needs to be done in the space, as praedial larceny remains a threat to farmers and is one of the glaring issues holding back the development of the small ruminant sector.