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A noted importation of carrots has been taking place and has raised concerns at the Ministry of Agriculture.  The ministry sent out a release this morning informing consumers and farmers that the ministry did not give its approval for carrots to be imported and that as far as it is aware, the local farmers are capable of providing the domestic market up to June, 2019.  The carrot farmers are known to be in La Gracia, El Progresso and San Antonio in the Cayo District and Roseville in Stann Creek District.  Other crops that are also in harvesting mode are romaine lettuce, onions and potatoes, which are also expected to last until the end of June.  The release from the ministry ended, stating, “The mandate of the Ministry of Agriculture is to advocate and provide accessibility for farmers to supply the domestic market. Therefore, the Ministry encourages consumers to support the purchasing of local products and disapproves of the purchasing of contraband vegetables. The only time when the recommendation for importation is given is when there is a deficit in production and the local demand is not met.”

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