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Another Drought on the Horizon!

Is another drought on our horizon? That’s what’s it shaping up to be – according to the National Meteorological Service’s seasonal rainfall forecast for April to September. That forecast shows [...]

Fishing – an Alternative in the Wake of Collapsed Tourism Industry?

The tourism industry has shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now domestic tourism is also on hold for the upcoming Easter holidays. It is forecasted that the industry [...]

132 Out-of-Season Whole Lobsters Confiscated

Fisheries personnel were on patrol on Sunday when they came across a vessel with four persons who threw their cargo of one hundred and thirty-two whole lobsters overboard.  As you [...]

Food Minister Says Belize’s Food Stock Adequate

A main concern in the population is over food security so thousands are stock piling food item. A committee called the COVID-19 Food Supply Monitoring Committee met on Tuesday to [...]

Exploring the Economic Benefits of the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem

A four-year project to spur greater benefits from the ocean was launched in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility and the Food and Agricultural Organization. The initiative is called the [...]

Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Still Affecting the Caribbean

Climate change, ocean acidification, marine pollution and irresponsible fishing are considered very real threats affecting the region. Recently, G.O.B. declared gillnets a destructive fishing gear even though OCEANA, among other [...]

Santander Begins Harvest

There are two sugar producing companies in Belize, A.S.R./B.S.I. in the north and then there is the Santander Sugar Group which has its operations located near Valley of Peace in [...]

Santander Plans to Increase Sugar Production to 100 Metric Tons

Santander Sugar Group plans to work with farmers in the area to increase its sugar production. The company exports its sugar through the Big Creek Port and for this harvest [...]

Keeping Santander’s Workers Safe

Seven hundred and fifty persons are employed by Santander Sugar Group.  Twenty-year-old Guatemalan National, Francisco Andres Antonio Sebastian, was an employee of Santander until he was crushed to death. It [...]

Santander C.E.O. Explains Why Company Is Prohibited from Selling Sugar Locally

In 2018, Santander Sugar was busted for selling sugar in the local market after it was granted an Export Processing Zone to produce sugar for export only. The violation resulted in a [...]

Cane Farmers Better Equipped to Mitigate Outbreak of Froghopper in Northern Belize

The Government of Belize, the European Union and Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute officially opened the Integrated Pest and Disease laboratory. The one point seven million Belize dollars lab [...]

Stevedores Affected by Drought, Sugar Loading Threatens Livelihoods

The Christian Workers Union also met today in a lengthy session with Minister of State Tracy Panton to discuss issues several that are affecting waterfront workers at the Port of [...]

Cabinet to be Apprised of Stevedore Concerns

News Five also spoke with Junior Minister Panton who says she will register those concerns with cabinet colleagues, including Minister of Finance, Prime Minister Dean Barrow.   Tracy Panton, Minister [...]

Agricultural Production is Not Meeting the Demands of the Tourism Sector

Earlier this week, a meeting was held to present the findings of an Agri-Tourism study of Ambergris Caye. The twelve-month study looked at agricultural produce that is consumed by the [...]

Belize’s Sugar to Enter CARICOM Market?

For some time there have been continuous efforts to get Belizean produced sugar in CARICOM and now finally there has been a breakthrough. Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse, on Wednesday, said [...]

G.O.B. to Finalize Sugar Exportation to Taiwan

There is also a strong possibility that locally produced sugar will be sold in the Taiwan market. Minister Hulse says there have been ongoing discussions for B.S.I. to export sugar [...]

2020 Sugar Cane Crop Season Finally Opens

The mills were cranked up today at Tower Hill, but the customary long lines of sugar cane trucks were missing. This year, because of a late start, production is taking [...]

Millions of Dollars in Losses as Sugar Cane Production to Drop by 30%

January fifteenth – that’s the date when the mills at the A.S.R./B.S.I. factory in Tower Hill, Orange Walk will crank up.  This afternoon, a meeting was held between representatives from [...]

How Does the Sugar Industry Bounce Back?

So how does the industry bounce back? Since there is no insurance for the cane farmers, the government had promised the disbursement of drought relief funds. While there are reports [...]

Quality Poultry Products Goes Green with Electricity

Demand for renewable energy has skyrocketed in recent years, particularly because of the global discussion around climate change and the impacts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.  The global [...]

2019 Sugar Crop Delayed Until January

Earlier you heard about the economic downturn, and now up north there the start of the 2019 sugar crop has been postponed until mid-January 2020 and it is expected that [...]

Apples for Kids; Keeping the Belize Camping Experience Alive

As they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Red, sweet delicious apples have been imported by the Belize Camping Experience as part of their activities to raise [...]

U.S. Experts Challenging Belize’s Proposed Hemp Bill

Belize is in the process of establishing a hemp industry. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Dean Barrow during his Independence Day speech this year. According to the PM, [...]

An Integrated Sugar Market for CARICOM

A significant decision was taken at a recent regional meeting which is sweet news for sugar producers in Belize, A.S.R./B.S.I. and Santander.  After years of lobbying, the locally produced sugar [...]

Belize’s Sugar Exportation to CARICOM Members States a Reality

Belize has finally been successful in getting its sugar into CARICOM for export. Trade Ministers of the Council for Trade and Economic Development in November agreed that Belize, and other [...]