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Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, says that praedial larceny is among a number of issues affecting farmers, which his Ministry will be addressing soon.
He made the disclosure during an interview with the media, at Woodstock Farm, Westmoreland, on Friday (October 23), following a tour of several farms in the parish.
Dr. Tufton confirmed that foremost among the concerns being raised by farmers were the issues of access to credit and land, and praedial larceny.
“All three areas are being addressed, as we speak: It is a work in progress. In terms of praedial larceny, we intend to announce a series of measures, in the not too distant future, we are just fine-tuning that,” he said.
With respect to access to credit, he said that, in another couple of weeks, there will also be an announcement with regards to a programme that should make access to credit for farmers an easier task.
Depending on the profile of the farmer, the programme should enable farmers to get better access, in some instances with less collateral than they would have traditionally needed, he explained.
He said that access to land is being given equal attention, as his Ministry is now reviewing all existing leases on Government owned agricultural lands, and working on creating an inventory of these lands.
He said that with the recent establishment of the Agricultural Investment Corporation, the data gathered will allow the Ministry to match land to investor, in a businesslike and professional way.

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