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Heaven: Police, judiciary not serious about crimes affecting agri industry

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 5:22 AM

Noted sugar expert, Ambassador Derrick Heaven, is blasting the judiciary and the police for what he believes is their lack of seriousness in dealing with crimes affecting the agricultural industry.

Speaking on Power 106FM’s Cliff Hughes Online yesterday, Ambassador Heaven said the industry suffers the most from crime.

He says the judiciary and the police do not respond to crimes against farmers as if the issue is serious.

 

Derrick Heaven

He explains that many farmers do not plant certain crops or raise some livestock because of the criminal environment.

And he is insisting that the zeal used to investigate crimes in other industries is not being applied to farming.

 

Sugar expert, Ambassador Derrick Heaven.

In March, the Ministry of Agriculture established a Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit headed by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to help combat the illicit activity that is costing farmers more than five billion dollars yearly.