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Anti-praedial larceny technology to be tested in Clarendon

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2013 | 12:18 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke says a pilot project to test the effectiveness of a new technology in combating praedial larceny is to be conducted with dairy farmers in Clarendon early next year.




Speaking this morning on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM, Clarke said if the pilot project is successful, the technology could be used across the island.



He said the Jamaica Dairy Development Board is working with the entity that developed the technology to pilot the project in Vernamfield.



Meanwhile, the Agriculture Minister said the police are to be commended for their work throughout 2013 against praedial larceny.



And he singled out St Thomas, which he said has been recording low levels of farm theft.



However, Clarke stressed that praedial larceny continues to be one of the greatest deterrents to investments in agriculture.



Praedial larceny is believed to cost the agriculture sector between $5 billion and $6 billion, annually.



Last week, the the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, said the time for talking is over and the State must move to immediately legislate tougher penalties matched by serious enforcement to control praedial larceny.



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