By Anthony G. Stewart, PhD
Many years ago, my neighbour Inola Chambers gave me a goat to “mind” so that I could start my own goat rearing business. It was a goat loan, and the conditions were that I keep the goat until it produces a female old enough for me to start.
Any male offspring belonged to her and was to be returned with the mother at the appropriate time. The first year, the offspring were all male, but the second year produced a female which I was allowed to keep and is currently on my farm.
Three months ago, I imported a pedigree ram from Philmore Isaacs to improve the stock. The agreed price was waived on condition that I return a female offspring to him at the appropriate time a year or two from now. Recently, the goat was stolen and perhaps sold to a hotel, restaurant, caterer, or private home somewhere in this country.
If you ate goat within the past month originating from Union Island, be a food detective. Determine whether it could have been mine and kindly make restitution.
The goat loan was a viable method for our communities to have sustainable development without money. Do what you can to aid this process, not to destroy it.
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