In an effort to strengthen praedial larceny prevention measures through increased monitoring, the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Fisheries and Co-operatives is reminding ALL vendors of agricultural produce to be registered in keeping with the Praedial Larceny Amendment Act of 2020 to avoid being suspended from selling.
According to Sub-section 12(A) of the Praedial Larceny (Amended) Act of 2005, “Every person who sells, trades in, supplies or otherwise disposes of agriculture produce of the weight of 15 pounds or more shall be registered in the manner provided in this section.”
Further, “any person who commits an offence against this Act shall be liable to a fine of not less than $3,000 or not more than $10,000 and imprisonment for 24 months.”
To register, vendors must:
- Complete the Vendors’ Registration Form that can be sourced at the Ministry of Agriculture and all District Extension Offices
- Vendors will be required to take a photo for placement on the identification card
- After completing the Registration Form, a Ministry of Agriculture representative will assess the application documents and visit the vending area/site where the vendor operates before completing the application process
A Vendor Registration is required by individuals who sell all agricultural produce including:
- Root Tubers
- Fruit Juices
- Poultry, etc.
Ministry of Agriculture and Land, Fisheries and Cooperatives…ensuring food and nutrition security.
This is ridiculous and must be repealed. Registration does not prevent theft.
People vending must be checked for a permit, no oermit no selling. But agreed there are sneaky ways around most regulations unless they are enforced. Actually, the permits should have to be displayed where you sell.
You need to explain how you would stop the theft then.
The registration is a rouse to tax small vendors.
Just like registration, Fencing can be used as deterrent. However, fencing can be very expensive for small farmers. The government can introduced a Fencing subsidy/security cameras to increase prosecution.
This registration is absolute rubbish. Imagine, MNIB was robbing and cheating farmers in plain sight.
On top of that folks at MNIB embezzled with impunity. No one made a jail.
The folks who have powers to legislate, never legislate themselves. It’s always the low hanging fruits.