According to Jamaica’s Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), over 60 heads of cattle, and 70 goats were recovered by the police during a major operation conducted by the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit in Clarendon on May 25. Larcenists conduct their operations using standard channels of transportation and distribution of agricultural produce, especially livestock. Praedial larceny proliferation is highly driven by the increased demand for supplies in the livestock value chains. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOAF) has developed a Praedial Larceny Prevention Programme which is designed to look at all aspects of the value chain from farm to end user and address the challenges holistically in the country. MOAF has developed a four-pronged framework for addressing praedial larceny: traceability, enforcement and compliance, legislation and institutional arrangement. For example: receipt book serves as a traceability tool to track the movement of livestock produce along the value chain. The law makes provision for the licensing of all players along the livestock value chain. However, the receipt book only traces the movement of agricultural produce from farmers to the first purchaser. In order to implement a fool proof traceability system, the Ministry intends to trace livestock produce along all stages in order to identify and document all players.
In this context, farmers are encouraged to register with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica Livestock Association (JLA). This will ensure farmers are regularized and provided with access to National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS) that will assist with tagging animals and ensuring the effective use of DNA to track animals. The recently commissioned Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit has developed strategies to protect farmers through information sharing, collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and through the use of security innovation.