A Jamaican farmer based in Canada, is proposing the naming and shaming of persons and businesses that benefit from praedial larceny.
This in an effort to put an end to the multi-million dollar illicit practice.
Michael Allen says a similar move was made in parts of Canada and the US, to combat prostitution, and it worked.
He, along with other farmers were addressing a Ministry of Agriculture virtual forum on Wednesday.
Stevian Simmonds reports.
Mr Allen says to successfully combat praedial larceny, the scope of prosecution must extend beyond those who steal crops and animals.
He says those who knowingly purchase stolen goods, must also be targeted, named and shamed.
Another local farmer, Martin Hopwood, describes praedial larceny as a lucrative organized crime that must be addressed before Jamaica can attain food security.
He says farmers are powerless to defend themselves from armed thugs who raid their farms.
Head of Operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake, admits the Police haven’t given praedial larceny the level of seriousness it deserves.
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He’s committing to ramp up efforts in addressing the crime which he says is transnational.
DCP Clifford Blake, Head of Operations at the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
And Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Agriculture, J.C. Hutchinson, is urging the Police to form greater ties with farmers and gain their trust.
JC Hutchinson, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.
They were addressing a virtual forum hosted by the ministry on Wednesday evening.