(Alan Lewin-News Reporter): Several farmers from the parish of Trelawny were the recipients of well-needed farming care packages.
Hi-Pro farm supplies teamed up with the Falmouth Praedial Larceny Unit (of the JCF) and handed over the items on Thursday, July 9, at the Falmouth Police station in Trelawny.
Farmers from all parts of the parish were selected to be a part of the gesture. Last month, several motor vehicles were handed over to the Trelawny police division to help tackle the alarming rate of praedial larceny in the parish. Superintendent Kirk Ricketts who is in charge of the Falmouth police division said that annually, Jamaica’s farmers suffer at least $6 Billion in loss due to praedial larceny. The community most affected in the parish is Albert Town, where Yam farmers are the hardest hit.
Some of the items that the farmers received were Pesticide, Insecticides, Seedlings, and Broiler Crumble (for poultry).
Special mention was about the youngest farmer in the parish 9-year-old Jehvado Henry who is rearing chicken and planting calaloo, pumpkin, sweet pepper, sweet potatoes, and pak choi. As a form of encouragement to him, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force plan to buy him a few more chickens to increase his stock.
Also present at the handing over were Hi Pro’s Marketing Manager, Denise Johnson Anderson, and Paul Thompson, and Sgt Tyrone Nickle who helped to coordinates the event.