Clarendon farmers frustrated by thieves
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
Thieves continue to prey on livestock farmer in Clarendon, with the latest incident being reported in the rural community of Morant in Rock River.
One resident said that on Tuesday night she lost six cows, each valuing as much as $160,000.
Yesterday, angry residents complained that their animals have been targeted for the past two years.
But they say things have got worse over the past two weeks.
Praedial larcenists reportedly stole 25 cows and 30 goats during the period and the residents say they have had enough.
The small farming community is close to the Rock River, Crofts Hill and Chapelton Police stations, but residents say they have been ignored by the police.
A unit from the Rock River police station was spotted in the area yesterday but the cops refused to speak with our news team.
Yesterday, agriculture minister, Roger Clarke, announced the roll out of a new traceability programme to tackle farm theft.
He told the House of Representatives that under the programme every head of cattle on the island will be tagged and issued a passport.
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