Barbados farmers complain that crop theft has now reached organized crime proportions and call for something to be done. - VOB

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Barbados farmers complain that crop theft has now reached organized crime proportions and call for something to be done.

This country’s farmers say food crop theft is reaching organised crime proportions and demand that something be  about it.

The alarm was raised this morning by the spokesman for some of this country biggest farm operations, Mark Sealy, Chairman of Barbados Sugar Industry Limited, BSIL, in an interview with Starcom Network News.

Mr. Sealy says this country’s farmers are keen to significantly increase food production to help Barbados slash its huge food import bill, but see crop theft, praedial larceny, as a major impediment.

He says its getting completely out of hand, and in fact  believes crop crime now seems to  be well-organised big business that is forcing some farmers to spend up to forty thousand dollars a month on security.

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