Garlic farmers become victims of harvest theft

05-07-2011

Garlic farmers in the Zlín and Litoměřice regions are being targeted by thieves. In a number of cases, perpetrators have entered fields where garlic is grown and stolen the bulbs before the farmers were able to harvest them. Police say that one unknown perpetrator stole 80 kilograms of garlic from a private garlic field, causing damages of around 12,000 Czech crowns. In some parts of Moravia, damages have reached over 40,000 crowns; there, some farmers guard their fields day and night to prevent thieves from targetting them. In the Czech Republic, domestic garlic has been in low supply and currently retails for record prices of up to 229 crowns per kilogram.