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Farmers in Barbados should soon have more protection when the Praedial Larceny Bill is passed in Parliament.
Dr. Estwick said that the current legislation did not offer famers much protection as it related to praedial larceny, as there was no legal and effective way to trace stolen produce.
“In addition, those who are at the level of wholesalers and those who will be retailing will also have some type of receipt book structure. Where a farmer himself can execute retailing, then you have to also take that into consideration,” the Agriculture Minister stated.
Dr. Estwick said plans were also in place to have agricultural inspectors work along with the police to strengthen the enforcement of the law and protect the farmers. He added that when the legislation was passed, all the stakeholders would have to cooperate to ensure that the new policies were successful.