Farmer told: Keep up with protocols
Small farmers have been chastised for not keeping up to date with the latest COVID-19 protocols.
In addition, Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes has urged them to join a cooperative or the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), saying not only would farmers be able to access information on the ongoing national pause through these entities but they could also help them sell their produce and items.
His comments came as small farmer Damien Albert Brathwaite, who appeared before the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday, became the first person to be charged with breaking the curfew under the newest directive.
The 43-year-old, of Valery, Collymore Rock, St Michael, admitted he contravened Paragraph (3), Subparagraph (1) of the Emergency Management COVID-19 Protocols Special Curfew No. 4 Directive 2021, in that there being a directive requiring every person to observe such social distancing and associated protocols in the interest of public health imposed from February 18 to 28, he failed to comply by leaving his home between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and he was not an employee or a member of the essential services or a person who had an emergency, on February 18. (HLE)
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