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Nov 11, 2019

Developing the Seaweed Industry in Belize

On Friday, BELTRAIDE made further steps to develop the seaweed industry by connecting producers, developers, and consumers. A ‘Ministerial and Private Sector Seaweed Mission’ took industry stakeholders to the seaweed site at Little Water Caye, Placencia. Stakeholders learnt about the benefits, challenges and the future of the seaweed industry in Belize. Seaweed farming is seen as a sustainable and alternative source of income. BELTRAIDE along with the Nature Conservancy is working with the Belize Women’s Seaweed Farmers Association, Producers Cooperative Society Limited to grow the industry.

 

Shahera Mckoy

Shahera Mckoy, Manager, Export Belize, BELTRAIDE

“We want the development of the industry to be sustainable and we want the benefits to be accrued across the entire value chain. So even though there has been works focusing on the production at this point, trying to use practices that lead to a quality product we understand that the markets are very important. BELTRAIDE’s role is to really look at that element of the entire chain.”

 

Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson, Oceans Manager, The Nature Conservancy

“We are trying to show and tell the story behind seaweed farming and the importance that that can make within an industry where we are working with BELTRAIDE to try and develop here in Belize. A big part of that is to understand where the seaweed is coming from, the important of the seaweed not just to the economy but also for the culture and environment.”

 

Mariko Wallen

Mariko Wallen, President, Belize Women’s Seaweed Farmers Association, Placencia.

“We are basically looking for supplementary livelihoods so that we can uplift ourselves and our communities. So our main thing right now is to try to bring back our village especially and provide an income because most of us are single mothers.”

 

Lowell Godfrey

Lowell Godfrey, Chairman, Producers Cooperative Society Ltd., Placencia

“Right now we are marketing to people that are making cosmetics, food. Right now we have a female group that are going to be doing some processing and value added products. SO those are going to be our main customers.”


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