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Phase 2 of Farmers’ Aid Begins

Farmers who have taken a double hit from the 2019 drought and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are about to get some relief.   The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise [...]

A Food Security Pilot Project is Launched in Belize

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, also known as IICA, is piloting a voluntary third-party quality assurance project in Belize and Honduras. Today, a virtual ceremony was held to [...]

Public & Private Sector Partnership Needed for Strengthening of Food Safety System

The project will also look at legislative frameworks, capacity building efforts and public-private partnership opportunities to facilitate changes to strengthen the food security management system. Minister of Food Security Jose [...]

The Opportunities for the Cacao Industry!

On Thursday we told you how Mahogany Chocolate Limited, a craft chocolate business celebrating its shipment of hundred and fifty-thousand dollars worth of chocolate products to the U.S.  When we [...]

Safety for Fishers from Coastal Piracy

The Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, after consultation with the Fisheries Department, announced last Friday that the close of the lobster season has been extended for another two [...]

The Balance Between Conservation and Economic Activity in Protected Areas

The area is called “The Maya Golden Landscape,” and it’s the site of an exciting partnership between those working to maintain Belize’s healthy natural ecosystems and southern cacao farmers. News [...]

2020-2021 Lobster Season Closes

If you have the budget, it’s a great idea to treat your Valentine to some lobster this weekend as the 2020-2021 Lobster Season winds down on Sunday at midnight and [...]

2020-2021 Lobster Season: 700K Pounds of Lobster Tails

As the season comes to a close, the Fisheries Department reports that lobster production is up for the 2020-2021 period, with seven hundred thousand pounds of lobster tail processed.  According [...]

SCPC Manager Fired One Month after He Was Hired!

One month after he was hired, the Sugar Cane Production Committee Manager was fired! On Tuesday night, Naim Cal was given his walking papers; terminated on the spot.  The S.C.P.C., [...]

What’s Going on at the S.C.P.C. – is Politics at Play?

So, as you heard just now, Naim Cal is out from the Sugar Cane Production Committee. But who will replace him? That’s what we asked the chair of the Sugar [...]

Santander to Harvest 750,000 Metric Tonnes of Sugar Cane in 2021!

In a virtual press conference today, Santander announced that they have had to push back their harvesting for this season. It was scheduled to start some weeks ago, but due [...]

Climate Change Hits Sugar Production Hard!

Santander explained that the unprecedented rains last year wreaked havoc on the sugarcane in the fields and made conditions difficult for the company.  Today, the company’s Chief Executive Officer and [...]

Does BREXIT Spell Trouble on the Horizon for Belizean Sugars?

Another matter discussed at today’s press conference is one that Santander says will deliver a hit on Belize’s sugar producers.  According to the company, Brexit – the official departure of [...]

Santander Speaks on Trinidad’s Brown Sugar Legal Troubles with Belize!

Last month, the Government of Belize settled a trade dispute out of court with St. Kitts and Nevis.  Last year, Belize sued St. Kitts and Trinidad and Tobago because they [...]

Organic Farming – Is It Doable for Traditional Farmers?

Ya’axche Conservation Trust and the European Nature Trust have partnered to promote climate-resilient farming techniques to ensure food security and protect natural resources such as forests.  It has been more [...]

10 Mayan Farmers Learn About Organic Farming!

Ten farmers from Mayan communities in Toledo went on an organic farming tour in the Mountain Pine Ridge today. Many of the farmers are in the livestock business but also [...]

More Affordable Sheep and Goat Stocks Coming for Farmers!

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise Abelardo Mai has been on a countrywide tour in the past weeks.  He has been visiting farmers and other producers in the agro-productive [...]

Valley of Peace Farmers Blame Valley of Peace Farms Ltd. for Damaged Crops

Tensions between the Valley of Peace Farmers Association and Valley of Peace Farms Limited got high last week. The farmers are blaming the company for damaging their crops. Chairman of [...]

A Proposal to Make Local Dairy Products More Affordable!

When Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise announced that he was looking at protectionist policies in order to promote domestic producers, it wasn’t welcomed with open arms.  Some sections [...]

San Jose Cacao Farmer Says Thirty-Five Cents for their Beans is Too Low!

Cacao farmers in San Jose Village in Toledo are up in arms because they say that the cacao associations are pushing them to undersell their beans.  According to the Tzub [...]

T.C.G.A. Clarifies Price for Cacao Farmers – Eighty-Five is the Final Price!

So, some of the San Jose Cacao farmers are not happy with the associations – those are the Toledo Cacao Growers Association and the Maya Mountain Cacao. Today, we reached [...]

Saving the Small, but Thriving Dairy Industry in Belize

When the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, Jose Mai, told the House on Friday that he favored limiting import permits for certain milk and cheeses on the market, [...]

Sugar Cane Milling to Resume Later this Week

When will the milling at the B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill resume?  It is all dependent on the weather conditions – and the rains brought on by the weekend cold [...]

Agriculture Minister Predicts Bumper Sugar Crop Season

While milling is to resume within the next few days, Agriculture Minister Jose Mai does not believe that the hundreds of thousands of sugar cane still in the fields will [...]

The Cyclical Issue of Sugar Roads

Today, News Five’s reporter Duane Moody and cameraman Kenroy Michael headed north to the sugar belt to highlight an issue that has cost the government millions of dollars annually. While [...]