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May 11, 2022

Sembrando Vida Program to Come On-stream in a Few Months

Oscar Arnold

Earlier today, Belizean Ambassador to Mexico Oscar Arnold spoke with News Five about the significance of the agreements forged between Belize and Mexico. Insofar as products that Belize produces for consumption, tariffs will be lifted for the importation of foods and agricultural products into Mexico. Approximately two thousand farmers will be receiving technical support and will be paid to produce specific goods to supply the Mexican market.  Ambassador Arnold says that while there are some technical issues to be ironed out, the Sembrando Vida program, as it is called, will come on-stream in the next three to four months.


Oscar Arnold, Belizean Ambassador to Mexico

“This is a huge milestone for Belize. We are at a very critical juncture in our relationship with Mexico. We have seen it improved over the last year or so and this is something that we were working towards. Belize is still looking at signing a trade agreement with Mexico, but that is still a working progress, but what this does is set the foundation for where this trade agreement will start. The technical people still have to work out a lot. Our agricultural producers, our farmers, our cattle producers must make sure that they can have a steady flow or a steady production that we can, as a country, sell to Mexico. This is a huge deal because in Quintana Roo alone, if we were to penetrate that market, they will be able to purchase everything that we produce. And we are talking about all of Mexico: Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Chiapas and all the other states there. So this is a huge achievement. It signals that the Mexicans respect the administration and the foreign policy of Belize.”

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