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UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
PEOPLE'S UNITED PARTY
BELIZE PROGRESSIVE PARTY
BELIZE PEOPLE'S FRONT
Number of Seats Won:
5 Candidates
26 Candidates
0 Candidates
0 Candidates
Total Votes/Percentage:
57,374 / 38.34%
88,040 / 58.83%
548 / 0.37%
820 / 0.55%
 
 

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PUP says agro-productive sector needs help

The People’s United Party has issued a statement on the plight of the agro-productive sector.  Their stance on this issue is that there is a dire need for the Government to act now and alleviate the hardships being endured by the poorest and that food security must be a priority.

The People’s United Party has issued a statement on the plight of the agro-productive sector.  Their stance on this issue is that there is a dire need for the Government to act now and alleviate the hardships being endured by the poorest and that food security must be a priority.  According to their release, the agro-productive sector is being affected in many ways.  The PUP says they are being economically impaired while they are still reeling from the effects of last year’s drought which continues to date. The release goes on to say that the agro productive sector has been abandoned for the past 12 years. The irony, according to the opposition, is that this sector is now the only medium that the country presently has to generate much needed foreign exchange and one of the only sources of employment in the country at this time. The PUP is recommending that the Government  re-opens the export of livestock through the Bullet Tree area immediately, while simultaneously engaging the Guatemalan authorities in formalizing the livestock export industry.  They also recommend that the Government proceeds in bulk buying from producers to ease the challenges of storage and at the same time, provide cash flow for producers/processors to re-invest in the next production cycle. The party warns that failure to act decisively will reduce foreign exchange earnings, further pose a dangerous threat to food security, increase the unemployment rate, and reduce household income. The PUP urges the government to heed the cry of the agro-productive sector and acting on the offer recently sent to the Prime Minister.