Belize Explores Produce Exports to El Salvador
A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture was in El Salvador last week where talks proved favorable in having several produce exported to that country. A trade agreement is currently being worked on through the Ministry of Foreign Trade which Minister Abelardo Mai says will see Belize growing beans for El Salvador, as well as exporting other locally grown products.
Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture: “When we were at the border of Salvador, I was so amazed to see miles and miles of trailer trucks coming in from Nicaragua, from Honduras, from Guatemala going into Salvador. Salvador imports 85 to 90% of what they consume. Most of it from Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Very few things come from Belize, except for corn. So we look at their market and we find certain commodities and we express our interest in working with them in trading these commodities, which was citrus, pineapples, carrots was one, and I think onions. So they did their risk analysis. So they asked us to send information. If they need to visit the country, they will come and visit and make an assessment of where the product is grown. And in the end, they responded to us that they were satisfied that we could export these products to them from a plant health point of view. Now, that was a great achievement for us. In terms of the trade aspect, Minister Courtenay has been dealing with his counterpart in Mexico on that matter. And I want to thank him.”
Minister Abelardo Mai says that he has had his eyes on El Salvador for some time now, as he always felt that they would be good trade partners. He made his initial trip to the Central American country back in 2021 where he was able to observe how the country works.
The meeting last week included the minister as well as his CEO, Servulo Baeza and a technical team.