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Give Me a Break, Say San Carlos Farmers on Loans

On Tuesday News Five showed you firsthand the hopes and dreams of farmers in the San Carlos area of Orange Walk, who are hoping they will be able to get [...]

No Déjà Vu for San Carlos Farmers: They Want Chance to Sell Vegetables

San Carlos is a collective, cooperative farming community of twenty-four farmers. It has running water and a small school but no electricity. Nonetheless, it has been extremely productive in past [...]

Sugar Hangover?

While vegetables and staples may pay the bills, sugar cane is still king in the North. The sugar industry, which came off one of its best years in memory in [...]

Farmers Punished with High Prices Despite Innovative Uses of Fuels

You probably grumbled a bit recently when it was announced that prices for kerosene, premium and diesel fuel and butane went up. But while most urban Belizeans get butane for [...]

When Will Sugar Roads Be Fixed?

The Government of Belize recently promised as much as three hundred thousand dollars to fix sugar roads in the North. These roads provide access and transportation from many of the [...]

A Greenhouse in Your Backyard: Couple Practices Hydroponics

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs at home but haven’t been able to because you don’t have the space to do it? If so, hydroponic gardening [...]

King Sugar is Back!

The new sugar crop got off to a good start this morning at Tower Hill where relations between millers and farmers seem to be on a good footing. A projected [...]

Food Security Programs Implemented in Southern Schools

An initiative to strengthen food security programs has been ongoing since April 2016. Phase three of that project which involves its implementation stage was launched today in Belmopan between the [...]

Cane Farmers’ Association Settles with A.S.R./B.S.I.

While it may have gone under the radar during the news last week, News Five has confirmed that the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association and American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries [...]

A.S.R./B.S.I. Ready to Go on DC Sugar Project

The long-awaited upgrade to the Tower Hill sugar factory is to get underway despite misgivings from a major corner of the industry. After a record-breaking crop year, and ahead of [...]

Should Government Settle B.S.I./B.S.C.F.A. Impasse?

The first issue raised on the adjournment of the House was the ongoing impasse between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries Limited. The Association [...]

Sugar Impasse Continues; B.S.C.F.A. Demands Respect from B.S.I.

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association has officially written to American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries Limited, announcing that while it supports the investment of twenty-two million dollars for production of [...]

Cane Farmers Back in Fairtrade’s Good Graces

At the start of the sugar crop last December, farmer Eloy Escalante was effectively disowned by the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association. The Association was facing a third suspension in [...]

Belmopan Youth Engage in Agriculture as Opposed to Crime

Back in 2015, villages surrounding Belmopan had a spiraling in crime committed by youths.  After assessing the issue, the Belmopan Police decided to do a program to engage young people [...]

B.S.I. Looks Forward, Wants Farmers to as Well

This week, Belize Sugar Industries Limited’s managers and senior officials are in meetings in Orange Walk Town, reviewing the recently gone sugar cane milling season. It was a record-breaking and [...]

BELCOGEN: ‘Piece of Junk’ or Worth Saving?

Seven years ago, the Belize Co-Generation Energy Project kicked off at Tower Hill, Orange Walk. It uses bagasse from milled sugar to provide up to twenty-five megawatts of electricity for [...]

P.M. defies international financiers on fuel subsidies for sugar; P.U.P. agrees

On average, four and a half million dollars is spent by government annually as it relates to subsidies on diesel fuel for the sugar industry. It is shared among all [...]

B.S.I. warned it can’t eat its cake on commercial agreement

The Opposition People’s United Party has been closely following the sugar situation. Following a record-breaking crop year and in advance of an expected downturn in prices with the leveling of [...]

Raise cane, says Jose Mai; the more the merrier

Mai does have some suggestions for the commercial agreement. He wants it ironclad that, with the accompanying investments in the sugar mill, that not a stalk of cane is left [...]

P.M. asks B.S.I., Cane Farmers’ Association to mend fences

The Prime Minister also weighed in, reiterating the importance of ASR’s investment in the industry and particularly in the Tower Hill sugar mill to introduce production of direct consumption sugar [...]

B.S.I. Vs B.S.C.F.A. on Commercial Agreement

Will a twenty-two million dollar investment in the Tower Hill sugar mill proceed? American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries Limited and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association are butting heads over [...]

A New Way to Finance Green Small Businesses

The majority of businesses are micro, small and medium enterprises, known as MSME’s. These businesses help drive the engine of an economy and provide jobs especially at the start-up level. [...]

Sarteneja’s Leobihildo Tamai is Fisher of the Year

Recognition was given today to fisher folks for their contribution to the growth of the fishing industry, which directly benefits at least four percent of the population. Three fishermen were [...]

B.S.I., Cane Farmers Settle Molasses Pay-Out

Almost a year ago, Belize Sugar Industries Limited lost over two thousand, six hundred tons of molasses due to a first-of-its-kind Maillard Reaction inside its tanks at Tower Hill. The [...]

Honoring Women in the Fishing Industry

A Women in Fisheries Forum was held today at the Biltmore Plaza. When looking at the fishing activity in Belize, particularly extraction, men dominate the sector. But the industry includes [...]