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Essay competition aims to fight praedial larceny

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) in

the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is inviting students to participate in its inaugural essay competition. Primary school students, ages nine to 12 years, and secondary-level students between 13 and 18 years old are invited to enter. It is also open to members of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.

Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordinator Trudy-Ann Edwards said that the competition forms part of the PLPU's public education campaign to sensitise Jamaicans to the devastating impact of praedial larceny on the agricultural sector and the livelihood of farmers.

She noted that the sector loses between $5 and $6 billion annually due to the high incidence of farm theft.

500 & 1,500 word limits

Students at the primary level are required to write an essay of no more than 500 words on the topic 'How does praedial larceny affect the farmers in your community?' Secondary-level students are required to submit a 1,500-word essay in response to the question 'What are the socio-economic impacts of praedial larceny on the Jamaican agricultural


Edwards said that the essay must be an original work written in Standard English. Applicants are asked to submit the essay along with a completed application form and passport-size photograph.

The application forms can

be downloaded from the

ministry's website at

Essays must be submitted via email at or mailed to Trudy-Ann Edwards, Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordinator, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hope Gardens, Kingston.

The deadline for submission is Friday, April 29.