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Oct 7, 2019

Belize Agriculture Census Yet to be Completed

Jose Abelardo Mai

In 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture commenced the Belize Agriculture Census. Some twenty enumerators were deployed out in the field to collect data. It was originally planned that the census would be completed within nine months; the information gathered would then be analyzed and compiled into the National Geo-reference Farm Registry. The registry would include the number of farmers countrywide, their products and quantity of what they produce. But as Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai pointed out on Friday, it is a crying shame that the census has yet to be completed.


Jose Abelardo Mai, Area Representative, Orange Walk South

“It is a shame. A simple census that would last nine months is now lasting eighteen months. I could understand you delay by two, three months but this is a disgrace. Now if you look from the moment you saw operating you saw something was wrong. There are twenty enumerators working for a census. Every single cane farmer has to be counted. You are talking five thousand cane farmers with twenty enumerators. You are talking about two hundred and fifty per enumerators. This is madness. No wonder they cannot finish the census. This is a simple thing man. Now the farmers are saying that farmers will get help because of the drought but now they are saying that the farmers have to come into the office and be counted. This is madness. The farmers have to go to the enumerators now. This is a simple survey. The Minister of Agriculture and his staff have to do some work.”

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