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A Citrus Working Group is Nominated

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise has nominated Citrus Working Group. This group will be preparing concrete recommendations to chart the way forward for the citrus industry in BelizeThe group’s chairman is former CEO Hugh O’Brien. Representatives include Dr. Eugene Cleland for the Citrus Growers Association, Ernest Raymond for Belize Citrus Mutual, Kent Herrera, representative for Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL), Franklyn Magloire of the DFC representative, Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Jose Novelo from the Ministry of Agriculture and yet-to-be named representative from the Ministry of Foreign Trade. Among the four main responsibilities, the group will have analyze the present situation with regards to the citrus industry in light of record low production, citrus greening and other diseases, financial constraints and other local and international challenges. The Citrus Working Group is appointed initially for eight weeks, during which time the group will prepare and submit recommendations to Minister Mai. He will then submit these recommendations to Cabinet via a Cabinet Paper for their consideration.