Protection of the country's sugar cane crop is of paramount importance to the government of Barbados.
That's according to minister with responsibility for energy in the prime minister's office, Senator Darcy Boyce.
Speaking during a debate on amendments to the Agricultural Products and Livestock Bill, Senator Boyce says government is on a mission to make Barbados 100% dependent on renewable energy by the year 2035.
He says the main source of the wasteload energy is expected to come from sugar cane, and people who illegally reap the crop are depleting those resources.
Independent Senator Alwin Adams is in favor of stiffer penalties for crop thieves.
He voiced his support in the house while speaking on the Agriculture and Livestock Bill.
He says the cries from the farming community have not gone un-noticed and he thinks hard labor should be added.