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Essay competition turns power of the pen against praedial larceny

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) is ramping up its public-education campaign as it seeks to ensure that Jamaican farmers reap what they grow. As part of the campaign, the PLPU, on Tuesday, launched its inaugural essay competition targeting students at the primary and secondary levels.

The launch was held at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries' Hope Gardens headquarters in St Andrew.

In his address at the event, Minister without Portfolio J.C. Hutchinson said that tackling praedial larceny was critical to the development of the agricultural sector in Jamaica.

"Praedial larceny is one of those areas that have threatened the growth of the sector. On a weekly basis, we hear of incidents of animals and farm produce being stolen, therefore, I welcome this initiative by the PLPU to highlight the plight of farmers," he said.

Providing an overview of the competition, praedial larceny prevention coordinator, Trudy-Ann Edwards, explained that the main objectives of the competition are to sensitise students, parents and teachers to the negative impact of farm theft on Jamaica's economy and to engage rural communities in the fight against the scourge.

LASCO Top Cop for 2016/17, Corporal Kimaryo Pinnock, who brought greetings on behalf of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), said the issue of praedial larceny has far-reaching implications locally and internationally.

OPERATION TIDAL WAVE

He noted that Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has launched critical strategies to address the scourge, including Operation Tidal Wave, which will see an increase in policing of town centres, markets, shopping malls and other public areas.

The competition is open to students across Jamaica, and attractive prizes will be awarded to the winner and second and third-placed finishers in each category.

The essay must be an original work written in standard English, and applicants are asked to submit the material along with a completed application form and passport-size photograph.

The application forms can be downloaded from the ministry's website at www.moa.gov.jm.