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Belize Welcomes Potential Cacao Investors from Belgium, Netherlands

Today, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service is hosting an inbound mission from Belgium and the Netherlands that is here to learn about the cacao industry and explore opportunities [...]

Port of Belize Gets New Area for Quarantine Treatment

Today, the Ministry of Agriculture officially opened a quarantine treatment arch at the Port of Belize in Belize City. The new arch is part of a wider effort done across [...]

B.S.I. Tests Sugar Cane Quality

The third payment for sugar is looking lower than anticipated, according to industry sources. But today millers up north are finding ways to boost efficiency. American Sugar Refinery and the [...]

Belizean Fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab Remains in Custody in Livingston

As of news time, Belizean fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab of Caledonia, Corozal District, remains in custody in Livingston, Guatemala, charged with illegal capture of lobster. His hearing is set for [...]

Plant World Nursery to Stabilize Citrus Industry

The citrus industry continues to face turbulence, having to deal with HLB disease and low production at the factory.  But there is a glimmer of hope for the Citrus Growers [...]

C.G.A. Fighting to Save Plant World Nursery from Receivership

There is mounting trouble in the citrus industry in the south. Already facing a significant decline in production, down to three million boxes, the news tonight is that the Citrus [...]

Citrus Greening Takes Toll on Industry

Citrus production will see a sharp decline of almost seven hundred thousand boxes of oranges this year, down from three point two million in 2017.  That downturn is being attributed [...]

How Nursery Can Still Save Citrus

Despite its financial woes, all is not doom and gloom in the citrus industry.  There is optimism to report from the Plant World Nursery project.  C.E.O. Anderson believes that once [...]

Trio Including Belizeans Held for Out-of-Season Lobster in Guatemala

We regularly report on nationals of Guatemala and Honduras caught in Belizean waters with illegally captured produce, but rarely in the other direction. But according to Guatemalan media reports, on [...]

Banana Titans Unable to Prove Case in Court

The fallout over the designation by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control of banana businessman John Zabaneh as an alleged drug trafficking kingpin continues. While he is no [...]

Citrus Revamps after Diminishing Production

Belize’s citrus industry has been on the decline. Productivity has diminished significantly over the past years. This reduced production is consistent with global trends with global citrus producers in decline. [...]

Shrimp Industry Fights On

Two weeks ago, we reported that the Belize Aquaculture Limited terminated one hundred employees. The shrimp farm in the south reported that it was experiencing tough financial times because a [...]

A Closer Look at Farming Operations in Maskall

On Friday, we took you to Maskall in the Belize District to see a group of city youths interacting with farmers. They learned much about what it takes to manage [...]

S.S.B., Agric Lend Support to Gardening Program

We have told you of the Police Department’s plan to introduce “green gardening” – agricultural greenhouses to bolster the school feeding program and specific classes to teach backyard gardening to [...]

Help Coming for Farm Roads in Rural North

On our visit to Maskall today we were confronted by a common problem in the agriculture sector: poor road infrastructure. While the Nago Bank Road was at least in serviceable [...]

More Illegal Fishers in mid-South

Three Honduran fishers are behind bars tonight after they were charged for fishing illegally within a marine protected area. Southern Environmental Association and Belize Coast Guard were on a joint [...]

B.S.I. Cuts Estimate for Sugar Prices Due to Slumping Market

The 2017-2018 sugar cane season is winding down and targets are close to being met. But the worry for cane farmers tonight is whether they will see any profits. ASR/BSI [...]

Belize Seeks New Markets as E.U. Maintains Contract

While prices for their sugar are out of the farmers’ and ASR/B.S.I.’s control, Belize still retains a working relationship with Tate and Lyle of the United Kingdom, which continues to [...]

Rain a Setback for Sugar Crop

In the letter to farmers, ASR/B.S.I. makes a conservative estimate that one point two-eight million tons of cane will be milled and they will realize one hundred and thirty-three thousand, [...]

Jose Alpuche Defends 2 Hats: Agric C.E.O., BAHA Chair

Is calling out C.E.O. of Agriculture Jose Alpuche for also being the chairman of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority political mischief, or is there a legitimate concern that his dual [...]

Mexican Limes Let Through After Treatment

Information reaching News Five is that some one hundred and thirty boxes of limes have been released from the cargo section at the Belize-Mexico border. The fruit is scarce in [...]

Shrimp Carries On in Aftermath of BAL Firings

Belize Aquaculture Limited has recently announced the retrenchment of a hundred employees at its shrimp farm in the Stann Creek District.  The streamlining exercise to reduce its workforce comes amid [...]

Poultry AGM Meets; Industry Is Steady

On Monday evening, the Belize Poultry Association held its annual general meeting at the Biltmore Hotel.  Producers from across the country came together for a comprehensive presentation on the state [...]

Lime Scarce; Ministry Wants to Import from Mexico

There is a report that as many as one hundred and thirty boxes of limes were imported today from Mexico, without a proper Pest Risk Analysis. The lime, however, reportedly [...]

100 Gone from BAL; is Agriculture Still Relevant?

The budget debate continued today in the House of Representatives in Belmopan as members of parliament made their contributions and up to news time, the debate continues. But we begin [...]