Theft of agricultural produce by river goers

The Praedial Larceny Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-Operatives continues to receive an increase in Praedial Larceny acts by persons who host river limes, cook outs and other river limes/activities.

The unit therefore wishes to inform the general public that it is an offence to harvest any agricultural produce which does not belong to them.

Contrary to the Praedial Larceny Act Chapter 3.05 section 3 (1) (a) of the revised laws of St. Lucia 2008, “A person shall not steal the whole or part of any agricultural produce in any place.”

The public is also reminded that a person who contravenes this law commits an offence of Praedial Larceny and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten thousand ($10,000) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or both.

The Unit therefore appeals to river goers that they should not take anything from farms if they do not have permission from the owner.

These reports will be monitored closely and officers will be conducting frequent patrols in the areas.