UDP Accuses Agriculture Ministry of Neglecting San Carlos Carrot Farmers

UDP Accuses Agriculture Ministry of Neglecting San Carlos Carrot Farmers

The United Democratic Party is accusing the Ministry of Agriculture of neglecting carrot farmers in San Carlos Village, Orange Walk District. The opposition believes that leaders within the ministry have created unfair opportunities for large farmers that create an unstable environment. The party claims that cronies of the minister are being allowed to import carrots, driving down market prices and negatively impacting local farmers. Yesterday, UDP Leader Moses “Shyne” Barrow doubled down on the claims and also claimed there is a lack of transparency within the ministry. 

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “This government promised to be a socially conscious government, a government that was there for the working class, there for the laborers, there for the farmers. And that is not what is happening. Everything should be done to assist small farmers especially but all farmers, all Belizean farmers to sell their produce before we get to any distribution of importation license for those that our farmers are selling. And so here we are again, the carrots are rotting. When we had the issue and the Opposition was raising it, there was a promise that the sales department for crops and cattle would come, representatives would come from the marketing board and try to find a solution as to how to help especially the small farmers. But that has not happened. The matter is politicized, the matter is chronicised. It has become a nepotistic adventure with the small farmers who rely on selling their produce disadvantaged and put in a position where they can’t feed their families, they can’t educate their children because they can’t generate any revenue.”

According to the ministry, no import permits for carrots have been issued since November 2023.

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