Food crop farmers estimate that they are losing tens of millions of dollars a year due to crop thieves and green monkeys and want the monkey population culled and stiffer penalties for the people raiding their farms at night.

Wayne Clarke, the owner of Manor Farms at Clifton Hill, St. Thomas, spoke to Starcom Network News as two men from Government Hill, St. Michael were appearing in court today charged with stealing more than six thousand dollars in sweet potatoes from a plantation in St. George.

He thinks the law is too easy on crop thieves while with regards monkeys a firm decision needs to be made.

Meantime, two accused crop thieves have been remanded to Dodds Prison.

Thirty two year old Rico Drayton and 26 year old Trevon Farley, both of Government Hill, St. Michael pleaded not guilty when they appeared in court today charged with five counts of theft of Sweet Potatoes from Applewaite’s Plantation, in St. George.

The alleged offences occurred between January 29th and March 1st this year and none of the produce, valued at more than six thousand dollars, was recovered.

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