The Ministry of Agriculture is introducing a bounty system offering a reward for the capture and submission of the Giant African snails (GAS) to a designated site.
As part of the project Surveillance and Control of Pernicious Pest and Diseases, a task force was re-established for the monitoring and surveillance of Pernicious Pests and Diseases inclusive of bat control and GAS as well as the implementation of mitigation measures for Tuta Absoluta, Moruga Locust, and Sweet Potato Weevil.
The ministry said the bounty system will be rolled out in County St George West and Country Caroni this month.
“As a pilot, the initiative will organise persons wanting to capture and submit snails at a designated collection site for a reward by the weight of snails collected. It will involve the participation of the public and farmers.
“This strategy carries the potential to create niche employment and supplementary income for key participating stakeholders while achieving the goal of pest control.
“To this end, the ministry is finalising a public education and awareness strategy to engage and inform the national community.”