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Sugar Cane Crop Season Officially Closed

Up north, the sugar cane crop at A.S.R./B.S.I. is officially closed. In a release issued today, the millers say that the final sugar cane fields have been cut and the [...]

$22 Million DC Sugar Expansion Project Ahead of Schedule at B.S.I.

A twenty-two-million-dollar project to expand and enhance production at the sugar mill at Tower Hill, Orange Walk is proceeding ahead of its schedule. The huge project was launched last year, [...]

A.S.R./B.S.I. Wants to Tap into CARICOM Market

According to Vice President of Industrial Relations at ASR/B.S.I., Mac MacLachlan, there are six different types of direct consumption sugars currently produced at the mills in Orange Walk. Now, while [...]

G.O.B. Rejects Santander’s Request to Sell Sugar Locally

There is sweet news for cane farmers who strongly fought against the Spanish multinational, Santander, for introducing white sugar into the local market. Tonight, there is a decision in respect [...]

Making Fishing Industry Gender Equitable

June is fisherfolk month and a number of activities are being held across the country to engage fishers on the state of the industry. Today, the Second Annual Women in [...]

Citrus Growers Share Experience

One of the accredited organizations at today’s forum is the Citrus Growers Association.  Its Citrus Research and Education Institute’s plant pathology diagnostic lab is the first and only laboratory in [...]

Rabies Strikes Cattle in Agriculture Belt

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority says that paralytic rabies continues to affect cattle in the Cayo, Orange Walk and Belize Districts. The disease, which is transmitted by the vampire bat, [...]

Santander Faces Fine for EPZ Violations

Santander will be fined – that’s what Minister Tracy Panton said today. For the past two weeks and the last time we spoke with Panton, it wasn’t clear if the [...]

Trade Minister Responds to CARICOM Sugar Call

And on the topic of sugar, Panton responded to statements made by Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño. On Tuesday, Briceño said G.O.B. should be doing more to export all [...]

P.U.P. Urges Government to Help Santander Pursue other Sugar Markets

A decision is pending on whether the export processing zone status of Santander Sugar Limited will be amended to allow it to put part of its plantation sugar on the [...]

Corozal Producers Say Multinational Can’t Sell Sugar at Home

The Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association issued a three-page response to the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, as well as Santander Limited on the sale of sugar on the [...]

Northern Cane Farmers Mobilize over Sugar Waiver

The release of white sugar in the local market by the Spanish company, Santander, has thrown the local sugar industry into a tailspin. On May eleventh, it was first detected [...]

G.O.B. Says They Will Adhere to Process

As far as it is known, no fines have been imposed on the Spanish company for violating the EPZ status despite warnings by the Ministry of Trade and Investment. So [...]

Celebrating the Fishermen

The Wildlife Conservation Society, Fisheries Department and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism launched “Fisherfolk Month” today in Belize City.  All month long, WCS and its partners will host a number [...]

Government Weighs Decision on Santander Violations

Will the Spanish sugar-producing company, Santander, be fined for violating the conditions of its Export Process Zone certificate for releasing plantation sugar in the local market? We asked that question [...]

Santander to Pull Back on Sugar Sales, Seek Government Approval

Santander Sugar Limited has broken its silence on the debacle it is facing, accepting that it did not comply with the conditions of the Export Processing Zone Certificate.  That violation [...]

Trade Minister: Santander Jumped the Gun on Sugar Sales

Santander, the Spanish multinational operating in Valley of Peace, is again in hot water, this time for illegally producing and introducing plantation white sugar into the local retail market.  Tonight, [...]

Sugar Confiscated, Fine Coming

News Five understands that the supplier of the Santander sugar is DV Distributors, which may be connected to the Vega Empire. Santander’s move to proceed with production and the retail [...]

Company Not Even Empowered to Produce Plantation White Sugar

Minister Panton says that Santander has met with the Ministry of Trade, but is also requesting a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, even though it has already violated the [...]

Sugar Associations Question Agriculture Minister

As the issue continues to heat up, three associations; Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, Progressive Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Corozal Sugar Cane Farmers Association are seeking a meeting [...]

P.U.P.’s Jose Mai Sides with Cane Farmers

The Opposition People’s United Party has weighed in on the topic, from differing angles. Orange Walk South area rep Jose Mai, who is a cane farmer and staunch supporter of [...]

Julius Espat Says Be Careful with Santander

Cayo South area rep Julius Espat provided an alternative view focusing on the economic development provided by Santander in his area. He notes that farmers in the Cayo District have [...]

Santander Sugar Faulted for Selling in Local Market

There is a developing story tonight in the sugar industry. Santander, the Spanish sugar miller located in the Valley of Peace area is reportedly selling sugar in the domestic market. [...]

Picking Your Favorite Fisherman

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partner agencies want to recognize fisherfollks who are doing good work in the fishing industry. Two outstanding fishers will be awarded along with [...]

Tests to Determine What’s Killing Fish in O.W., Ambergris

One week ago, we reported on the apparent pollution of the New River in the area of Orange Walk Town as well as villages to the north and east, including [...]