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Ministry of Agriculture and Police stepping up the fight against Praedial Larceny


Monday, April 14, 2014 10:04 PM- George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, April 13, 2014 – GIS:
A new assault on praedial larceny will be launched in Grenada on Tuesday 15, April. The Ministry of Agriculture and the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) are partnering with local farmers, to step-up the fight against the menacing act that has resulted in the lost of millions of dollars over the past decade.

A formal ceremony to unveil the new program will be held in St. George's at the National Stadium on Tuesday morning.
Under the new program major stakeholders including agricultural extension field officers, farmers, estate owners, the Marketing and National Importing Board and operators of super markets, will see the use of modern digital technology to combat the illicit trade.


The renewed approach will see an amendment to the existing praedial larceny legislation, a major public awareness campaign, the use of state-of-the-art digital satellite equipment, infrared and other real-time surveillance equipment that will be put to use in the fight against farm thieves.


Described as the reinvigoration of the praedial larceny prevention programme, Agriculture Minister Hon. Roland Bhola and his policy team says the onslaught in stemming the scourge must be taken seriously since praedial larceny is one of the greatest threats to agriculture in Grenada.


The Ministry received reports that praedial larceny discourages Grenadian farmers from growing certain crops, which threatens national food security and rural livelihoods.

Additionally the unlawful act drives farmers to the point of considering poisoning their produce, which can threaten the health and safety of our people and our export trade.


The Ministry is also aware of the fact that theft of agricultural produce has led to physical confrontations between farmers and thieves, resulting in bodily harm to the farmers.


In recognition of these threats, the Ministry of Agriculture has undertaken to implement a vigorous program to tackle this economic and social hazard in our country.

 

 

 

 

 

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