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Opposition demands info on praedial larceny compensation fund

Published:Monday | February 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Norman Grant - File

The Opposition is calling for disclosures from the Jamaica Agricultural Association (JAS) and the Justice Ministry on discussions to possibly establish a compensation fund for victims of praedial larceny.

Last week, JAS president Senator Norman Grant told The Gleaner/Power 106 FM that he is in discussions with Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding on the matter.

However, he did not disclose the status of the discussions.

Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture, J.C. Hutchinson is demanding details such as the source of the money to establish the fund.


Opposition Spokesperson on Agriculture, JC Hutchinson

Hutchinson says while the idea of a compensation fund is good, he does not expect a cash-strapped government to be the main provider.

Praedial larceny is estimated to cost Jamaican farmers more than six billion dollars annually.