Vet accused of stealing NARI’s special breeding sheep
A Veterinarian of the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is under investigation for allegedly stealing and selling five special breeding sheep to two farmers.
Agricultural officials yesterday disclosed that the official is likely to be charged.
The matter is being viewed as a serious one, since the three rams and two ewes were being used for research purposes.
While only two rams and an ewe were recovered by the police, the farmers to whom the sheep were believed to have been sold were asked to provide a statement.
Already, on Friday night one farmer returned a ram and an ewe. He was asked to give a statement. Both farmers claimed that they paid cash for the sheep.
The Veterinarian claimed that he collected a total of $125,000 for the five sheep. The money was returned to the farmers, agricultural officials disclosed yesterday.
The Vet was arrested last Wednesday and placed in the lockups but was subsequently released on station bail.
Government has been plugging millions into the agricultural diversification programme recently which included the development of the small ruminants and cattle industry.
There are several researches being conducted to introduce better breeds of animals to local farmers.