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EU Wraps Up Banana Project in the South

The European Union wrapped up its two million Euros project in the south today. The project started a year and a half ago with the goal to teach banana farmers [...]

Agric 2019: the Sights and Sounds

The number of visitors to this year’s agric was down this year. Still yet, there were the usual activities such as the rodeo and the promotion by businesses. The agricultural [...]

Blackleg and Rabies Vaccine Advisory

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority and Ministry of Agriculture is advising that if you haven’t vaccinated your livestock against blackleg in the last six months you must do so quickly. [...]

Ana Morales is the Female Farmer of the Year

To meet the female farmer of the year, we went to Selena village, a small farming community located to the back of Spanish Lookout. There we met fifty-year-old mom and [...]

Meet Dan Lopez, the Male Farmer of the Year

The male farmer of the year is Dan Isai Lopez of San Antonio village in the Cayo District. Lopez says he comes from a family of farmers and ever since [...]

3 Hondurans Caught Illegally Fishing in the Spawning Aggregation Zone Down South

Three Honduran fishermen were busted over the weekend for illegally fishing within the Spawning Aggregation Zone at the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in southern Belize. The trio: [...]

Conch Season Closes 2 Months Early

If you like conch fritters, conch soup or conch ceviche, you may want to enjoy these dishes before the end of this month. That is because the conch season is [...]

Belize Fisheries Department Weighs In on the Quality of the Queen Conch Fishery

One of the concerns that have been raised about the harvesting of the queen conch is the use of the shell size to determine maturity.  The Fisheries Department says that [...]

Can UB’s Central Farm Lab Supply Half of the BGA Banana Plants?

Earlier this week we told you about some history making bananas in the south. Two plots were planted on two different farms and they are just about ready to be [...]

The 2019 Budget from an Agriculture Perspective

The agro-productive sector remains a key feature in the annual national budget and is an area of particular interest for Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai, who is [...]

UB Central Farm Delivers on Trial Plot of Authentic Belizean Bananas

Belize’s bananas are said to be some of the best on the market. They have a high demand in Europe and right here at home they make for healthy and [...]

Fisheries Department Responds to Conch Quota Concerns

Since the beginning of the week, News Five has been taking an in-depth look at the state of Belize’s conch fishery.  There have been serious concerns raised about enforcement of [...]

Broccoli & Cauliflower to be Imported

The Ministry of Agriculture says the importation of a quantity of broccoli and cauliflower will be allowed later this month through the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation. According to a [...]

Quality Poultry Business View Caribbean’s Cover Story!

Last month, we shared a story on the economic benefits of migrant-founded businesses like Quality Poultry Products in Spanish Lookout. The poultry producer was also recognized with a cover story [...]

BAHA on High Alert Following African Swine Fever Outbreak in Asia, Africa, Europe

The Belize Animal and Health Authority has put in place precautionary measures to protect the country from African swine fever. It is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic [...]

Agriculture CEO Says Soybean is Indeed Restricted

Soybean producers in Little Belize are in the red and they are desperately trying to find a new market for roughly seven million pounds of the legume which is being [...]

The Soy Bean Industry is in Crisis in Little Belize

Little Belize is a small remote community populated by almost three thousand Mennonites. To get there you travel via Progresso Road in the Corozal District.  It is not often in [...]

The Glut of Potato Supply in the Country

Turning to glut in potato supply in the country.… The Chief Agriculture Officer, Andrew Harrison says that Belizeans consume over three point five million pounds of potato annually; one hundred [...]

Will There Be Rotting Potatoes in the Fields Once Again

But the question remains…. will farmers be left once again with rotting potatoes in the fields due to the glut on the market? Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse says that it [...]

A $15 Million Investment to Transform the Sugar Industry

The local sugar industry is transitioning from a raw sugar producer to a manufacturer of direct consumption sugar. It’s a move that American Sugar Refinery, started almost two years ago [...]

Lobbying for Preferential Pricing of Sugar in the Caribbean

The millers and the government have been working feverishly to lobby CARICOM to allow preferential pricing for direct consumption sugars in the Caribbean. As it currently stands, Belize, Jamaica and [...]

Jose Mai Takes Ministry of Agriculture to Task over Potato Bumper Crop

On Tuesday, Chief Agriculture Officer Andrew Harrison issued a press release explaining the potato planting season for 2018/2019.  According to the government representative, the Ministry of Agriculture met with potato [...]

Barton Creek Potato Farmers Planted Wisely

The last license for imported potatoes was issued on January eleventh for two hundred thousand pounds and the final date which those potatoes could have been brought into the country [...]

Agriculture Minister Says Local Potato Farmers Not Disregarded

Potato farmers in San Carlos, Orange Walk are worried that thousands of dollars in investments and a huge amount of red potatoes will go to waste. That’s because imported white [...]

Opposition Leader Says Small Farmers Should Be Protected

Opposition Leader, John Briceño, also weighed in on the concerns raised by potato farmers in San Carlos Village. Farmers have complained that they cannot sell their locally grown, red potatoes [...]