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Friday, April 25, 2014    

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JAMAICA Observer online readers have reacted with a mixture of support, scepticism and cynicism to an announced plan to tag animals to fight praedial larceny. The announcement was made Wednesday by Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke while making his contribution to the 2014/15 budget debate. Here are some edited comments:

noshel

Tagging these animals will only help in a small reduction of theft. There are more effective ways of making animal theft come to an end. Criminals will not be worried about this, because once they slaughter the animal you can consider that passport of such animal Null/ Void. I have a better way of closing this problem.

Neutral Justice

Thanks, Dr Tufton, and thank you, Roger, for acknowledging the work of the opposition. That's fair politics, anything together to help my country.

rakabessa

We should start by tagging Roger Clarke first and make him minister of security second.

Mr.J

Cows now have passport? They might start thinking of migrating to greener pastures. Look at what we have come to? Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Clarke shares a light moment with his colleagues. You notice only the politicians are smiling these days? Take a walk in most places and see how many ordinary Jamaicans have a smile on their face.

jayjayja

When this was first raised by the JLP it was laughed at and it was said it was far-fetched and could not work. Six years later we are hearing it is going to be implemented. A wonda who ago eat a big food off this now! We must stop applauding announcements and instead applaud achievements. Waiting to see which connected party has received the contract to supply these "chips".

Ben

I wonder why it is when things getting bad that the Government feels it should react? What about being proactive and preventative? In attending high school and college in the late 90s and early 20s, we were taught this tag-and-trace system here in Jamaica with such system to be implemented by the Government to have a database in animal husbandry. This has been around even since TP Lecky. Why are we always behind?

Nigel Smith

The minister of agriculture needs to do much more than this so-called passport and tags for animals; this will not stop the thieves from stealing and slaughtering the animals themselves as opposed to selling the live animals which is the only way the tags and passport will work.

These animals need to be fitted with computer tracking chips (GPS) which can

be monitored remotely collectively by the owners of these animals in their respective parishes to put a stop to this problem. What the Minister is proposing to do DNA, etc, does not necessarily help the farmers when the animal is already slaughtered.

bradlevin

Most of the animals that are stolen are slaughtered, so I don't know how this will help.

wumpscut

I said it before and will say it again. Roger Clarke is the worst choice for agri minister; he is way too old and behind the times. Mr Clarke lacks 21st century imagination and innovation and Jamaica's agri sector needs someone with modern revolutionary ideas, traditional will not cut it and this someone is not Mr Clarke. He may be a good farmer; he knows what he knows like most old-time farmers, but he is NOT a good agri minister for the 21st century and and I see nothing but stagnation ahead...

Pioneer

@wumpscut: I agree with you 1000%. Modern times, call for modern thinking. I have lamented the fact that Jamaica seems to want to get modernised in every field except in agriculture. Imagine children taking tablets to school whilst we still practise 14th century farming, machete and hoe? How the hell do we expect our farmers to compete with farmers from other countries?

fieldgar

Typical politicians. They make grand announcements but never follow up. This has been in the pipeline since 2009 with nothing done. When the JLP gets back in power we'll then hear of another implementer for this grand implementer while the poor people continue to suffer.

vmun12

You have to find the stolen and animals first for this

to work.

fatherforesight

One time wi use to si waan whole heap a NO-TAIL COW , a nuw wi a guh si DI NO-EARS cow dem. Tell RAJA seh dem a guh sen di ears dem guh show im.

Buds

Frog said what is joke to you is death to me.

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