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Moore Business Forms Caribbean Limited has been contracted to produce and supply 100,000 receipt books for the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), under the National Praedial Larceny Control Programme, at a cost of $22 million.
Minister of Information, Senator Burchell Whiteman, yesterday(January 16), announced that Cabinet had approved the award of the contract, at a post Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.
Under the agreement, the contractor will supply the receipt books within an eighth-month period and the books will each contain 100 receipts in triplicate and NCR paper used for copies. The books will be printed and delivered in batches of 10,000.
Senator Whiteman noted that the JAS had been engaged in efforts to reduce and eliminate praedial larceny which had been affecting the farming industry.
“The receipt book strategy is part of the approach to identifying and dealing with those who have stolen produce and are seeking to either use it or to sell it for profit, which they have not earned,” Senator Whiteman said. He added that the JAS had been engaged in public education to indicate to its members as well as the general public, the importance of using the receipt books.
The Agricultural Produce (Amendment) Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives in 2004, provides for the introduction of a compulsory produce receipt book system to replace the certificate system.
This receipt system, Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke had pointed out during the debate, was a convenient means of compulsory identification of ownership and source of agricultural produce, crop and livestock which were being traded and transported within the island. An amendment was also made to the legislation giving the Police discretionary leeway to decide what amounts of goods were domestic or commercial.
The receipt book will be the official receipt book of trade with the JAS as the sole distributor through its branch offices. Parish co-ordinators will assist in educating farmers and traders as to the use of the book. It will feature a unique registration number for each farmer and this number will be used by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), under its Agri Business Information System, enabling the authorities to electronically verify the origin of the produce. In addition, the law increases the maximum fine for breaches of the Act from $1,000 to $250,000.