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‘Thriving market’ for stolen produce


‘Thriving market’ for stolen produce

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A THRIVING underground market for stolen produce is driving the businesses of some farmers into the ground.

In the face of a sustained assault on farms, president of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul has now moved local cassava to the top of the “most wanted list”  – of thieves. They are apparently harvesting crops at night for on-selling.

“Obviously when you steal goods they have to go somewhere and there seems to be an underground market,” Paul said during a Press conference on Tuesday.

Since research had shown the value of cassava for products such as bread, Paul explained, more farmers had been planting the commodity; but instead of reaping the rewards of their labour thieves were driving away with the benefits in the dead of night.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.