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📣 Belmopan. April 5, 2020. 8:15 a.m. – Ministry of Health confirms Fifth case of COVID-19 in Belize.                      📣 Today, April 5, 2020 at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing protocol of the Ministry of Health identified a fifth case of COVID-19. The patient is a Belizean student who returned from Florida.                      📣 The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable.                      📣 In reference to patient #4, the mapping exercise of the Ministry of Health has allowed for the identification of close contacts of that patient in both San Ignacio and Belize City where swabs were taken on April 3rd and 4th.                      📣 A total of 102 samples were processed on April 4th and into the early hours of today. The samples processed included close contacts from both Belize City and San Ignacio and that of health care workers in the Cayo District who had been in contact with patient #4.                      📣 The remaining 101 samples were all negative for COVID-19, and therefore, the Ministry is still unable to determine who the infected contact was for patient #4.
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    Ministry of Health Confirms Fifth Case of COVID-19 in Belize

    Ministry of Health confirms Fifth case of COVID-19 in Belize. Now more than ever it is important for people to stay home, practice social distancing. Be safe. Below is the Press Release by the Goverment of Belize Press Office in Full:   Belmopan. April 5, 2020. 8:15 a.m. Today, at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing […]

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Orange Walk farmers say they cannot sell their potato harvest

In February 2017, we brought you the story of the farmers in the north who were complaining of the low market prices for their locally grown potatoes.  The main factors attributed to the low prices was the excess supply as well as what Jose Abelardo Mai noted as being, ‘import permits for the politically favoured’.  Fast forward two years later and here we are again.  Farmers in San Carlos Village, Corozal District are facing an excess supply of potatoes and a low market price for the commodity.  Mai, the Area Representative for Orange Walk South, spoke to Love News via phone, explaining the dilemma that the farmers are currently facing.

Jose Mai: “Farmers have just started to harvest. The harvest begins and then they are taking their product to Belize and to their dismay they notice that it is still Mexican potatoes on the local market and this is a yearly recurrence over and over again. I have one of the farmers who took 2000 lbs to sell and he only sold a small amount and had to return back the amount to San Carlos. Now since there is Mexican potatoes on the market whenever the farmer takes the bulk to the market the buyers would offer them a very low price because they say oh I can’t pay you that because I have potatoes right now so if you will take 50 cents I will buy it from you which of course is very unfair to the farmer so that is the situation right now that while the harvest has begun there is still low imported potatoes on the market. That is a very sad situation for the farmers. San Carlos has about 25 farmers. They have about 35 acres of potatoes that they are harvesting now and will continue to be harvesting during the month.”

When this story came out in 2017, we had interviewed the Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, who noted to our news centre that the ministry was looking to implement a storage system along with price compromise between the farmers and importers.  We will have more on this story in our subsequent news reports.

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