Band to­gether to bat­tle farm theft

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir:

IN RE­CENT years, there has been an aw­ful lot of de­bate on the mat­ter of prae­dial lar­ceny. Farm­ers have lost mil­lions from per­sons who ply their trade by il­licit means.

We are mindful of the hard work th­ese farm­ers have done for them­selves to en­sure they are vi­able and can float above the tide. It is very dif­fi­cult for one to work and watch the rich re­wards one should re­ceive go up in smoke. Much more se­vere pun­ish­ment has to be ex­e­cuted to de­ter per­sons from trav­el­ling this route.

To­day, we have to ap­ply tech­nol­ogy in or­der to re­duce the in­ci­dence of prae­dial lar­ceny, which has been a mat­ter of con­cern to most farm­ers. The mag­ni­tude and ex­tent of prae­dial lar­ceny has, for years, de­stroyed the lives and liveli­hoods of many as­pir­ing farm­ers. The agri­cul­tural sec­tor can­not af­ford to be re­ac­tive, but must be proac­tive in its quest to re­duce the con­stant ha­rass­ment from th­ese thieves. Drones are now be­ing used to catch th­ese un­scrupu­lous per­sons, but the farm­ers have to be in­formed of proper mech­a­nisms in or­der to use this equip­ment. The re­ceipt sys­tem, which has long been used to cur­tail this awk­ward trend, has failed to reach fruition and, con­se­quently, we are tied up while pon­der­ing our next move. The farm­ers will have to take a deeper look at mea­sures that can be em­ployed to se­cure a most pos­i­tive out­come.

PROPER AC­COUNT­ABIL­ITY

Live­stock is the chief thing be­ing stolen by th­ese cul­prits, so the farm­ers have to work in tan­dem with the po­lice force to en­sure that proper ac­count­abil­ity can be achieved.

There­fore, farm­ers will have to look closely at the pros and the cons so that they are on the right track and to en­sure the safety of their be­long­ings.

It would be a wild il­lu­sion if we can­not man our­selves to se­cure the safety of our ground pro­vi­sions and live­stock. Many young per­sons are afraid of en­ter­ing this field be­cause they are of the view that they are go­ing to work for noth­ing due to th­ese thieves. PARIS TAY­LOR paris­tay­lor82@hot­mail Greater Port­more, St Cather­ine

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