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as a sheep is
Eid-ul-Adha at a
livestock farm in
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Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries,
Clarence Rambharat, says his ministry, based on
dialogue with and recommendations by the local
livestock farmers and industry experts, plan to imple-
ment an embryo transfer programme to assist with
the improvement of the local breeding stock.
He said so yesterday while celebrating Eid-Al-Adha
with members of the Muslim community at the live-
stock farm of Shiraz Khan in Carlsen Field.
Rambharat added: "Government should reduce its
involvement in terms of maintaining its own assets
in livestock. What we should be doing is increasing
our technical support, the number of veterinarians
we have available to the sector and our research."
The minister said there was a lot of work to be done
in livestock industry. He said his visit to Carlsen Field
was based on him wanting to see for himself the oper-
ations of local livestock farmers
"This is an operation that has a good future in the
hands of private farmers, with young people involved,
and that is the direction that we need to see," the
Khan and other Muslim devotees also expressed
appreciation for the minister s visit yesterday.
Eid-Al-Adha is one of the holiest celebrations on
the Islamic calendar. It is known as the Feast of Sacrifice.
Muslims celebrate this day as a reminder of the
time in which Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son
but was told by God to sacrifice an animal instead.
The celebration symbolises Ibrahim s devotion to Allah.
Devotees start out the day with a morning prayer and
then exchange gifts and food among family and friends.
Govt moves to boost
breeding of livestock
In light of ongoing problems with the police com-
puterised fingerprint criminal database, a magistrate
has suggested a portion of the money the Govern-
ment is spending on police equipment to fight crime
be used to fix the system.
Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay, presiding in the San
Fernando Magistrates Court, made the comment yes-
terday in response to complaints by defence attorney
Ainsley Lucky that the system was unreliable and
Lucky, who was defending brothers Matthew and
Marcus Bruce and their friend Jevon Griffith on arms
and ammunition charges vented his frustration after
Matthew disputed the results of his fingerprint tracing.
When a person is charged, his fingerprints are taken
and the prints are then processed through the database
to determine whether they have previous convictions
or pending matters in court.
However, Lucky complained that many times the
criminal record produced in court was not up to date
and many times matters listed as pending were already
completed. Saying it appears as though the police
"not doing their work," Lucky said when the law term
opened the hierarchy would boast that the system
was working. Another problem was that the system
frequently malfunctions. The magistrate responded:
"Maybe they should spend some of the $120 million
on tracing." Lucky added: "The police saying this man
(Matthew) have 12 matters pending. This man say he
only have two. Are we on the same playing field?"
The magistrate responded: "I agree 100 per cent.
"If preceding the matter the information is not being
provided to the criminal record office, if that is not
being done, it is very unfair but that is the system,
I have to take it as it is." The three accused were
charged after PC Matloo and other officers allegedly
found a revolver and four rounds of ammunition at
their home at Tarouba Settlement, Marabella, h last
They pleaded not guilty. Marcus, 31, and Griffith,
22, were both granted $60,000 bail while Matthew,
26, was denied bail and advised of his right to apply
to a judge in chambers for bail. The matter was
adjourned to October 10.
Complaints made about
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