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Farmers keen to meet with new police commissioner

Published:Saturday | March 10, 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This is an open letter to Major General Antony Anderson, the police commissioner-designate.

Dear Commissioner Anderson:

As president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and on behalf of the board of management and our wider membership of more than 250,000 farmers and fisherfolk, I wish to congratulate you most wholeheartedly on your appointment as commissioner of police. Together as a nation, we can make real gains in defeating the scourge of crime and lawlessness which afflicts Jamaica.

Against that background, we are eager to meet with you as soon as is convenient to discuss the issue of praedial larceny costing the sector an estimated $6 billion annually and continues to negatively affect the local agricultural sector. The JAS, which understands the needs and concerns of the agricultural sector, is sensitised and has ideas which we are confident will assist you in framing effective policies to significantly reduce crimes against our farmers and, improve the overall sense of security nationally.

We look forward to engaging with you in our collaborative effort to make Jamaica safe and secure.

NORMAN W. GRANT

President, JAS