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Disease killing poultry in Toledo and Belize District; No direct threat to Humans

The Belize Agriculture Health Authority is reporting two outbreaks of Virulent Newcastle Disease in backyard poultry in the Toledo and Belize districts. The government has notified the World Organisation for [...]

Agriculture Minister: Citrus is “in ICU” and Sugar Situations Needs Improvement

This week, the Minister of Agriculture, Jose Abelardo Mai, said that Belizean agriculture is taking the lead in the national recovery. During an appearance on Open Your Eyes on Monday, [...]

Cane Farmers Want to Renegotiate Agreement with A.S.R./B.S.I.

The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association had its say today during a virtual press conference.  Representatives of the membership spoke about their desire to renegotiate a commercial agreement with A.S.R./B.S.I.  [...]

Cane Farmers Want Recalculation of Percentage Split

The commercial agreement expires in January of 2022. With the annual cane season slated to start in December, barring unexpected delays, the association is hopeful that an agreement can be [...]

Bagasse Impasse of 2013/14 Used as Example for Renegotiation

Viewers may recall the impasse between B.S.C.F.A. and B.S.I. back in 2013/2014 over bagasse. That impasse caused the sugar cane crop season to get off to a late start. And, [...]

Will Cane Farmers Refuse to Supply Cane if No Negotiations?

So, what is the association’s alternative if an agreement is not reached before the reopening of the crop season? We asked if they intend to hold the industry hostage as [...]

US Embassy Provides Equipment to Fight Medfly

The U.S. Embassy has donated essential equipment to the Belize Agricultural Health Authority to aid in Mediterranean fruit fly eradication efforts. The donation, valued at over forty thousand U.S. dollars, [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Terminates Contract with Miller; B.S.I. Responds

Tonight we report on an impasse in the northern sugar belt between the millers and cane farmers. The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has given notice to A.S.R./B.S.I. that it [...]

Farmers Plan for Crop Season 2021-22

Vegetable farmers and stakeholders, as well as buyers, wholesalers and representatives from the Government met today for the National Vegetable Projection Crop Season 2021-2022.  The purpose of the meeting was [...]

African Swine Fever Detected in the D.R., What Does it Mean for Belize?

African swine fever is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses.  The porcine virus was recently detected [...]

Sugar Farmers Share Experiences with Contract Booklet

This morning the Belize Sugar Industries held a virtual session on good hiring practices in the cane farming sector.  The event included a review of the contract booklet with the [...]

Onion Farmers Thank Minister Mai

Earlier this month, News Five reported on the dilemma that onion farmers found themselves in when they had problems getting their one hundred and forty thousand pounds of onions on [...]

Contraband Detection Equipment Coming

Minister Mai was more than happy to receive the fuel award and said that the contraband trade is an ongoing problem that his ministry tries to abate through joint efforts [...]

Fishing Coop Members Facing Competition

Today, Minister Mai toured the National Fisheries Cooperative on North Front Street in Belize City.  His ministry has been getting reports that fishing cooperatives are facing fierce competition from private [...]

Mennonite Farmers Not Vaccinated

While many of the farmers in the agriculture industry have been vaccinated, today Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai told News Five that many in the Mennonite community have opted not [...]

Smart Sugar Cane Project Launched

The A.S.R./B.S.I. group held a virtual launch of the Smart Sugarcane Project today. The three hundred and sixty-five thousand U.S.-dollar project seeks to transform the sugarcane industry through an innovative [...]

New Digital Platform Will Streamline Processes for Sugar Industry Stakeholders

This pilot project is being funded by Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility and led by the Belize Sugar Industries Ltd of the A.S.R. Group, in partnership with a number of sugarcane [...]

Minister of Agriculture Investigates Reports of Contraband Onions

Last Friday we told you about the struggles of the onion farmers in Bomba. They reported having roughly one hundred and forty thousand pounds of onions that must be sold [...]

No Imported Onions until Local Supply Finishes

Minister Mai says that they have formed a task force to tackle the growing issue of contraband.  He also says there will be no importation of onion until the local [...]

Fertilizer Prices Increasing

And what about other locally produced commodities? Will prices go up? This is a real concern in the agriculture industry.  At the last House Meeting, Corozal North area rep Hugo [...]

Onion Farmers Facing Losses Due to Contraband

The contraband produce trade is big business in Belize. But this illicit activity is also taking money out of the pockets of local farmers. Onion farmers, for example, can only [...]

Contraband Produce Intercepted in Orange Walk

Today, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority confirmed to News Five that there has indeed been a flood of contraband produce on the market, and not just onions.  Earlier today, a [...]

Contraband Vegetables Arriving Even by Sea

While contraband business is booming, BAHA authorities are working with customs and police. They recognize public education and stiffer penalties may be needed to help tackle this growing issue. And [...]

Belizean Delegation Meets Mexican Secretary of Agriculture

Although the northern border is still closed to the average Belizean, a special delegation, led by the Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai, went across to Mexico on Thursday. Their [...]

Mexico Interested in Belizean Products

Also present for the meeting was Mexican Ambassador to Belize, Martha Zamarripa Rivas.  Policy Analyst with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, Milagro Matus told the Press Office that [...]