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Scrap metal thieves plaguing drought-stricken farmers

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 5:48 PM

Scrap metal thieves have been plaguing drought-stricken farmers in sections of St Catherine and Clarendon.

Chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers' Association, Allan Rickards says over the last three months unscrupulous persons have been removing irrigation systems put in by farmers to combat the dry spell.

He says the thefts have left those affected disheartened and dejected, as several of the farmers took out loans to fund the irrigation systems.

The All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers' Association says it is unfair for the farmers to be battling the dry spell and scrap metal thieves at the same time.

That’s why he’s calling for immediate intervention by the relevant authorities.

Rickards says the association is to conduct an assessment to determine how this season's production targets will be affected by the losses.

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