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US Embassy Donates Equipment to Belize for the Eradication of the Med Fly

Today, the U.S. Embassy donated essential equipment to the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) to aid in Mediterranean fruit fly eradication efforts. The donation, valued at over forty thousand US dollars, included insect traps and lures planned for use in field operations and in surveillance activities in two active Medfly outbreak eradication initiatives in the Sapodilla Cayes and the Placencia Peninsula. The Embassy noted that the assistance will help Belize boost its agricultural exports vital for the country’s economic prosperity. Present to receive today’s donation from the Government of Belize was the CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture Servulo Baeza and the Acting Managing Director of BAHA Francisco Gutierrez. The U.S. Government also noted that they have provided more than one hundred eighty-six thousand US dollars since January 2021 in support of the Belize Medfly Surveillance Program, a cooperative agreement signed in 1977 between the United States Department of Agriculture and the Government of Belize to work together to combat this threat to the country’s agricultural sector.