Theft remains issue on farms

2019-03-06 06:00

Livestock theft in the Free State remains a major concern, according to the Department of Police, Roads and Transport in the province.

The department strongly urges farmers to be more vigilant and devise means to avoid theft of their livestock.

Hillary Mophethe, spokesperson of the department, said stock theft costing the economy of South Africa millions of rands every year was on the rise.

“The livestock theft has increased in recent months. This is hampering the em­powerment of emerging farmers and is threatening the profitability of all livestock owners.

“Incidents of livestock theft remains un­acceptably high, especially on the border areas of the province,” said Mophethe.

She said efforts to curb stock theft crime have resulted in the department working to­gether.

According to Mophethe, significant progress has been made to deal with the crime.

She said to combat the scourge of stock theft, the department and its stakeholders were currently conducting awareness campaigns to educate communities on how to prevent the theft of farm animals.

“Cross-border operations are conducted on a regular basis to prevent the crime,” said Mophethe.

She said farmers should at all times mark their livestock as prescribed by the Animal Identification Act, 2002 (Act No 6 of 2002).

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