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Apr 21, 2020

P.U.P. Supports Livestock Farmers and Agro-producers

The People’s United Party is lending its support to dozens of livestock producers across the country who continue to lose income as a result of being unable to transport cattle through Bullet Tree Falls into Guatemala.  The unauthorized but well-established trade in livestock between both countries has been a significant source of revenue for Belizean farmers, large and small, as much as four million dollars.   Since the shuttling of cows and pigs has been prohibited by Village Council Chairman Sabino Pinelo for about three weeks now, millions of dollars in proceeds have been frozen and the livelihood of the farmers and their families is at risk.   In a release issued by the P.U.P. earlier today, several points were outlined by the opposition that should be addressed urgently, including the reopening of livestock exportation through Bullet Tree Falls, that would provide much needed relief to farmers while government formalizes that industry with Guatemalan authorities.


John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“We believe that what the chairman of Bullet Tree Village Council did is wrong, it’s illegal, it’s immoral, they have no authority to do such thing.  The government should have acted swiftly to address it and now here we are more than four weeks later, our farmers cannot sell their cattle, or their pork, beef and chicken, everything that we could sell across the border because of the excess capacity that we have.  And so our farmers are suffering, they are losing millions of dollars, some of them could lose their farms, could lose their homes, could lose all of their livelihood and another important part of this thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that if we do not help the farmers right now, in three, four, five months from now, we could have a severe food shortage in our country. As it is right now, we have over a hundred and seventy thousand heads of cattle in the country.  We are producing about thirty times more than what we consume.  So the only way we can continue this industry is to be able to allow the cattle ranchers to be able to sell the animals to Guatemala or to Mexico.”

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