Students score big in praedial larceny essay competition
Scores of students from primary and high schools across the island performed excellently in the inaugural Praedial Larceny Prevention Essay Competition organised by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.
The top winning schools and individuals were presented with their awards at a ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
Addressing the participants and industry stakeholders, Minister of Industry Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda hailed the students' work and urged them to be part of the movement to stem praedial theft.
He commended the Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordination Unit of the ministry for organising the essay competition and for their overall work in executing the difficult job of curbing praedial larceny.
"It is time," Samuda declared, "to rise up together, to fight against praedial thieves and crime, in general, across Jamaica."
Of the 112 entries from 52 schools, Greater Portmore Primary was the top primary school, with three of its entrants winning first, second, and third place.
Ardenne High School was awarded the top prize in the high-school category.
In the words of first-place winner Benjamin Frazer of Ardenne High School, "The unsung heroes of the agricultural sector are laying down their forks and hoes and abandoning their lands because all their time, resources, and energy, invested in their farms, are being whisked away by rogues of the night."
Winners in the competition were awarded prizes including gift baskets, scholarships, farm tools and farm gardens, as well as livestock such as chickens and a sheep for rearing.