‘Thriving market’ for stolen produce
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.
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