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Mechanical Harvesting – the Future of the Local Sugar Cane Industry

With a drop in the price of sugar in the global market as well as a shift to beet sugar, the local sugar industry is at a crossroads. To remain [...]

European Union Rep Says Belize Will Withstand Loss of Sugar Quota

In October of this year, the EU regime changes allowing for European beet sugar to compete directly with sugar cane. For the past ten years the E.U. has been working [...]

Corned Beef Ban Lifted by BAHA, Health

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority and Ministry of Health have lifted the temporary ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil. BAHA says it has confirmed that the popular [...]

Jose Mai Scorns Agriculture Ministry over Potatoes

Back to today’s budget debate….Orange Walk South area representative Jose Mai focused on the impact of the Budget – or lack thereof – on the productive sector, which he described [...]

S.C.A. Buys Big in Potatoes from Local Farmer

Farmers in the Cayo and Orange Walk Districts have thousands of pounds of potatoes rotting in the fields – produce they have been unable to sell because of competing imported [...]

Coconuts Can Be Big Business for Belize

Coconut may be big business soon for Belize – the emerging industry is supported by the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project which aims to improve income and employment opportunities, food [...]

Cayo Farmers Tell Story of Rotting Potatoes

Thousands of potatoes are rotting in La Gracia Village in the Cayo District and farmers say they are set to lose thousands of dollars for this year’s potato crop. Some [...]

Ministry Sympathizes; Working to Resolve

So, what is the Ministry doing about the potato crisis? Well, we caught up with Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse today and he told us that the ministry met with [...]

Cayo Farmers Tell Story of Rotting Potatoes

Our news crew is just back from the fields in the west covering the very important story of the plight of local farmers whose livelihoods are being threatened by the [...]

Banana Bank AgCo Ships Live Cattle to Guatemala

The Ministry of Agriculture has yet to publicly comment on the issue of rotting potatoes that farmers across the country have been unable to get sold due to competition from [...]

Solving the Potato Conundrum in San Carlos

The Ministry of Agriculture has stopped granting licenses for the importation of white potatoes. It says this is in benefit of local farmers whose production season of strictly red potatoes [...]

A Quinceañera for Museum of Belize

Fifteen years ago, the Museum of Belize was established from the remains of Her Majesty’s Prison, one of Belize’s longest standing colonial buildings. As former president of the National Institute [...]

Taiwan and Belize Mark Success with Tilapia

A five million dollar investment from Taiwan in the local aquaculture industry is coming to a successful end. In 2012, Taiwan invested and established a tilapia hatchery in the Cayo [...]

BAHA Watches for Bovine Rabies in North, West

There is an outbreak of Bovine rabies in three districts. BAHA announced today that the disease has been detected in the Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo and Toledo Districts. As such [...]

Fyffes Sell-Out to Sumitomo Should Not Affect Belize, Says Agriculture Minister

In agricultural news: it slipped under the radar, but in December 2016, Irish fruit distribution company Fyffes, well known in Belize for purchasing Belizean bananas, was bought out by Japan’s [...]

Shrimp Farming Tries to Rebound, But Difficulties Remain

Among the most disappointing performers in Belize’s “big five” line-up of exports – sugar, citrus, bananas, marine products and petroleum – is marine products and particularly the shrimp farming industry. [...]

C.G.A. Proceeds to Annual General Meeting with Audited Financials

Turning to developments in the agriculture sector…. The Annual General Meeting of the Citrus Growers Association planned for January twenty-first, 2017, is a crossroads in the survival of the multi-million [...]

Citrus Crop Underway after Earl-related Delay

The 2016-2017 citrus season is behind schedule due to impacts from Hurricane Earl in August. Millions of dollars in damages was suffered by growers of grapefruit and orange, the former [...]

C.G.A. Plans Spin-Off of Plant World Nursery

Almost five years ago, the Citrus Growers Association opened a four-million Belize dollar nursery for citrus plants which it sells to growers. The Plant World Nursery, located off the Southern [...]

Cane Farmers’ Association Tries to Make Up with Fairtrade; No Love for Eloy Escalante

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association today stepped forward to tell its side of the Fairtrade suspension debacle. The B.S.C.F.A. was suspended for the third time in eight years after [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Rebuts Combative Edmond Castro

While the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association has made it clear that it wants no further part of Escalante, a combative Edmond Castro is a different story. He has threatened [...]

Godwin to Exporters: Don’t Bypass New Quarantine Facility

On Monday while in the North, Minister of Agriculture Senator Godwin Hulse opened Belize’s mandatory quarantine treatment facility at the northern border in Santa Elena, Corozal District. It is part [...]

An Introduction to the Sugar Industry Management Information System

The Sugar Cane Production Committee has admitted that it is tough to police transactions between farmers of sugar cane and non-farmers. A recent case is the Eloy Escalante affair, where [...]

How B.S.I. Will Steer Industry through 2017 E.U. Price Cuts

As we reported on Monday, sugar farmers in Corozal and Orange Walk are bracing for direct competition next year with European sugar beet farmers. Beginning in 2017, the quota secured [...]

Sugar Crop Begins; Industry Stakeholders on Same Page

Today, the 2016-2017 sugar crop in Corozal and Orange Walk began. More than one point three million tonnes of sugar cane are expected to be delivered for processing to the [...]