Agriculture & Farming

Minister Mai Attends Caribbean Week of Agriculture in the Bahamas

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai is in the Bahamas for
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Workshop Aims to Improve Quality of Dragon Fruit in Northern

Dragon Fruit Farmers in northern Belize participated in a two-day workshop this week to improve
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Ministry of Agriculture Meets with Potato Farmers to Address Challenges

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise held a meeting with potato farmers in
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Belize Seeks to Boost Exports Through Trade Agreements with Neighbors

And while domestic exports are down for the third quarter of this year, the government
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Salvadoran Delegation Bolsters Trade Ties with Belize in Official Visit

A Salvadoran delegation led by El Salvador’s Minister of Agriculture, Oscar Enrique Guardado Calderon, is
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Belize Seeks to Capitalize on Rice Export Opportunity

There is great potential for Belize to increase its exportation of rice.  With India’s recent
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El Salvador’s Agriculture Minister Visits Belize, Progress on Bilateral Agreement

El Salvador’s Minister of Agriculture, Oscar Enrique Guardado Calderon, is in Belize with a delegation
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Is there a sugar scarcity in Belize ?

Bakers, store owners, and the everyday Joe have been reaching out to our newsroom to
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Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and BSI/ASR at Impasse Over

After months of negotiations, tonight, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and Belize Sugar
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Belize’s Self-Sufficiency in Corn Helps Control Meat Costs

Belize is among the top countries who do not have to import corn.  Minister of
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Belize’s Beef Production Eliminates the Need for Imports

Another plus for Belize when it comes to imports, Minister Abelardo Mai, indicated that there
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Ministry of Agriculture Analyzes Local Goods Production for Cost Reduction

The Ministry of Agriculture recently completed an informal analysis on the goods produced in Belize. 
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World Bank Vice President Visits Belize to Discuss Agriculture Support

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise conducted a field visit in Valley of
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Ministry of Agriculture Conducts Coconut Tree Management Training for Farmers

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise has completed several training sessions for coconut
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Vegetable Interdiction Unit Aims to Protect Local Farmers in Belize

Another recent move being made by the government in addressing price controls and consumer protection
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Belize Achieves Soybean Self-Sufficiency, Saving Millions in Imports

Belize no longer has the need to import soybeans.  The announcement places another feather in
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Blue Creek Group Constructs Soybean Plant

And, while the production is in abundance, a group from Blue Creek has taken things
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Government Works to Resolve Constitutional Issues in Sugar Industry Act

The court ruling that several portions of the Sugar Industry Act was unconstitutional remains an
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Belize Ministry of Agriculture Boosts Local Fruit Production

Recent weeks have seen the Ministry of Agriculture working with various local small farmers in
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Taiwan Partners with Toledo Cocoa Growers Association to Empower Rural

The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has partnered with the Toledo Cocoa Growers
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Belize Explores Produce Exports to El Salvador

A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture was in El Salvador last week where talks
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Ministry of Agriculture Focuses on Pitahya, Soursop, Coconut, and Onion

Recent weeks have seen the Ministry of Agriculture working with various local small farmers in
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Ministry of Agriculture Promotes Improved Grasses for Livestock Sector

The Ministry of Agriculture is working with stakeholders in the livestock sector to improve the
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PM Addresses Sugar Industry Ruling, Emphasizes Good Relations

Prime Minister John Briceno has committed to ensuring that there is a good relationship between
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Opposition Leader Accuses Government of Hypocrisy in Crackdown on Contraband

The Leader of the Opposition Moses Shyne Barrow says the government’s attempt to crack down
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Landmark Ruling Shakes Belize Sugar Industry: Sugar Act Provisions Declared

The High Court of Belize has delivered a landmark ruling that could possibly reshape Belize’s
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Stakeholders in Belize’s Sheep and Goat Industry Receive Training for

Stakeholders in the growing sheep and goat industry in Toledo received more training to improve
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Silk Grass Farms Implements Regenerative Farming for Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture -it’s the art of using the earth to cultivate crops, till the soil, and
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Belize Finalizing Trade Agreement with El Salvador for Fruit and

Belize is finalizing its trade agreement with El Salvador to begin exporting fruits and vegetables
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Belize Signs MOUs to Strengthen Agricultural Health and Trade Infrastructure

Today, the Ministry of Agriculture and the International Regional Organization for Health in Agriculture (OIRSA)
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Paintballing Officially Recognized as Sport in Belize; Federation Formed

When you think of sports in Belize, things like basketball and football immediately spring to
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Belize Chamber of Commerce Expresses Discontent Over New Regulations Without

While many Belizeans welcomed the government announcement to expand the list of goods that are
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Will BSI and BSCFA kiss and make up anytime soon?

Will the Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA)
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Belize set to export fruits and vegetables to El Salvador

Belize will soon be exporting fruits and vegetables to El Salvador. The Ministry of Agriculture,
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Belize Agricultural Health Authority appoints new Technical Director of Animal

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) has a new Technical Director of Animal Health, and
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Belize Agricultural Health Authority Vigilant Amid New World Screwworm Outbreak

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is closely monitoring the outbreak of New World screwworms
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BSI/ASR Applies for Brown Sugar Price Increase

The cost of brown sugar remains the same, but BSI/ASR has applied for a price
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Minister of Agriculture Attends Meetings to Enhance Regional Cooperation for

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise, Jose Abelardo Mai, is in Costa Rica, attending
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Cooler heads prevail between Government and BSI/ASR

Recently, we told you of the application for a court injunction that the BSI/ASR was
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Sweet Success for Belize Sugar Farmers as Revenues Reach Highest

Another set of good news emerging from the sugar sector, is the increase in revenues
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BSI/ASR and Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association Still at Odds

And while that is good news for the sugar sector, there remains the issues between
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Tate and Lyle Sugars Accuse Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association

Tate and Lyle Sugars has written to the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) instructing
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BSCFA Calls on Government to Mediate Dispute with ASR/BSI

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is calling on the government to assist them
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BAHA Receives Donation from OIRSA to Strengthen Disease Detection and

The Animal Health Department of the Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) received a donation of laptops
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Villagers in Middlesex Village, Stann Creek District Demand Road Access

Villagers in Middlesex Village, Stann Creek District, are up in arms and say the government
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First-Ever Fairtrade Market Day Planned for Belize

The first-ever Fairtrade market day is being planned for this weekend. The Chairman of the
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FAO and SICA Sign Agreement to Transform Agri-Food Systems in

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Central American Integration
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Belize’s Cacao Industry Thrives

Belize’s cacao industry continues to boom as farmers are now benefiting from collaborations being offered
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Dangriga Town Council Collaborates to Boost Tourism Potential

Dangriga Town Council has partnered with several departments to transform the municipality into a tourism
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Belize Sugar Industries Wraps Up Challenging Crop Season

Today, the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) held a small celebration highlighting the end of their
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Partnership Between Belize and Mexico to Benefit Hundreds of Farmers

Hundreds of farmers will be benefiting from a partnership between Belize’s Ministry of Agriculture and
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Sugar Cane Farmers Association Seeks Inquiry into BSI’s Finances

Viewers will recall that in March, after numerous requests from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers
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Shrimp Industry Eyes Comeback, Targets Export to Mexico

There was once a time Belize’s shrimp industry was raking in almost one hundred million
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Assessment Conducted for Cacao Fields in Southern Belize

With 450 organic cacao farmers within the Maya Mountain Cacao Limited, an assessment is being
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Belize and Taiwan Collaborate to Strengthen Sheep and Goat Industry

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE), and the Republic of China (Taiwan)
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Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association Supports Government’s Proposed Changes in

Farmers Association (BSCFA) has said that they fully support government’s newly proposed changes to the
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BSCFA Supports New Regulations, says it will ensure transparency

Another major point of contention at today’s press conference was the payment of Fairtrade. BSCFA’s
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Minister Kareem Musa Endorses Potential of Bamboo Operations in Belize

As the Minister of New Growth Industries, Kareem Musa has endorsed the potential of a
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Sugar Cane Farmers Associations Oppose Government’s Proposed Changes to Industry

Tonight, two of the three largest sugar cane farmers’ associations are speaking out against government’s
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Belize’s Cacao Industry Expands with Export Shipment to the United

Another shipment of cacao is being exported to the United States. We join Toledo Correspondent,
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Government Mediates Dispute Between Sugar Cane Farmers Association and BSI/ASR

The Government of Belize says it continues to mediate the bitter dispute between the Belize
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The BCGA says Belize’s Citrus Industry is alive and kicking

Yesterday we told you of the press release sent out by the Citrus Growers Association,
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Workshop in Belmopan Focuses on Sheep and Honey Traceability System

Technical officers within the agriculture sector are engaged in a three day workshop in Belmopan. 
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Chocolate Festival 2023 Highlights Exports and Climate Change; Boosts Cacao

The Chocolate Festival 2023 was opened with an all-day symposium where several topics were addressed
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Belize’s Citrus Industry is Growing says Citrus Growers Association

Belize’s Citrus Industry is growing – that is the message that the Citrus Growers Association
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Minister Open to Commission of Inquiry into Sugar Industry

Minister of Agriculture, Abelardo Mai, has stated that he is open to the option of
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Belize Sugarcane Farmers Association Briefed on New Regulations

And while BSI/ASR is simmering over their legal options, members and stakeholders of the Belize
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Government of Belize Launches Climate Resilient Agriculture Project

The Government of Belize is working with local farmers to strengthen the Agricultural Industry’s resiliency
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Toledo Farmers Attend Workshop on Organic Fertilizer Production

Toledo farmers participated in an agricultural workshop yesterday to learn how to produce organic fertilizer.
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Contention Arises Over Sugar Regulation in Belize

Statutory Instrument Number Sixty-Two of 2023 is the document that is causing contention between the
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Will BSI/ASR Comply or Litigate? Legal Advice Sought Amidst Regulation

With this current contention and the BSI’s rejection of the new regulations, the question tonight
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BSI/ASR Disputes Sugar Regulation

And while that is the argument presented by Minister of Agriculture, Abelardo Mai, the BSI/ASR
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BSI Objects to Proposed Amendments to Sugar Industry Act

Tonight, Belize’s sugar industry remains in a potentially volatile situation after Belize Sugar Industries Limited
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Leader of the Opposition Criticizes New Sugar Regulations, Demands Reversal

The Leader of the Opposition, Moses Shyne Barrow has sided with the Belize Sugar Industries,
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Belize’s Conch Season Closes Early as Production Quota Met

The conch season for the first part of 2023 has closed.  Authorities at the Fisheries
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Group from Jamaica looking to bring bamboo business to Belize

A group out of Jamaica is looking at Belize to bring its bamboo business and
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Did the weekend downpour put a damper on Cahew Fest?

There was much hype and anticipation for the annual Crooked Tree Cashew Festival this past
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Fishers in Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve upset over changes to

Fishers who operate in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve are up arms over changes being
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Project UNHabitat launched to provide training in sustainable urban development

The Ministry of Local Government is working with municipal bodies to bolster the country’s resiliency
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Resilient Rural Belize working closely with OIRSA to reduce pesticide

Resilient Rural Belize is working closely with OIRSA to see how they can decrease the
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Tate and Lyle Sugars and Belize Cane Farmers Association Work

By all indications, the sugar partners up north are smoothing things over following a breakdown
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Cacao Festival 2023 Planned for Mid-May: BTIA Toledo Branch Chairman

The Cacao Festival 2023 is a-go as plans are already underway for mid-May.  Dennis Garbutt,
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Belize to possibly export chicken to CARICOM countries

Belize could very well become an exporter of poultry for the Caricom region. The demand
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Agriculture training for Toledo women

Several women recently concluded a training in agriculture farming in southern Belize. Toledo Correspondent, Paul
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World Bank signs $25M USD agreement for Climate Resilient and

An agreement involving twenty-five million US dollars from the World Bank, with local farmers as
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2023 Farmers of the Year named by the Ministry of

Yesterday we told you of the selection of the Farmers of the Year by the
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Taiwanese President Visits Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance

As part of her visit, President Tsai traveled to the Cayo District. She visited the
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Agronomist Helps Farmers in Toledo

 Agronomist and IDB consultant was in rural Toledo, where she met with farmers. Senior Correspondent
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Minister Mai says the increase in poultry prices was justified

Consumers have been paying an average of ten cents more per pound of wholesale chicken
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Minister Mai says vegetable production is up; prices are high

In our discussion with the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Jose Mai, we also
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Farmers in Toledo Hold Important Discussions

Farmers in Toledo recently participated in an important discussion. Senior Correspondent Paul Mahung tells us
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BSI’s Fairtrade certification Suspended, BSI says it won’t affect farmers’

Belize Sugar Industries Limited today fired off a press release responding to what it says
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Toledo Rice Farmers to get more money for their produce

The purchase price of rice from Toledo farmers has experienced a significant increase. This rise
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Rice farmers in Toledo are revitalising the industry

Efforts to revitalize Toledo District’s rice industry are well underway, and yesterday an important step
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San Antonio Cayo farmers hold open day in their community

Scores of farmers from various local cooperatives came together yesterday for an open day in
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Minister Musa heads Cabinet sub-committee for sugar

The longstanding impasse in the sugar industry remains unresolved, following a demonstration by the northern
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Snapper and Tilapia Aquaculture Manuals Distributed to Small and Medium

The Ministry of Agriculture through the Value-Chain Integration in Fisheries and Aquaculture is hosting a
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LOO Supports the Launch of a Commission of Inquiry into

 During the peaceful protest staged by the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA), the Leader
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