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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 [...]

BAHA Tests Out its Containment Plans for TR4

In Thursday night’s newscast we showed you a part of BAHA’s plans to keep the deadly banana and plantain disease out of Belize. The preparation, as we reported, includes surveillance [...]

OIRSA Weighs In on Belize’s TR4 Prevention Strategies

BAHA’s efforts are not being done in isolation. It is part of a regional readiness effort, because if it gets into one of the countries the chances of it spreading [...]

The Emergence of the Seaweed Farming Industry

A grant initiative valued at two hundred thousand dollars was launched on Wednesday. The Belize Seaweed Mariculture Project is a joint initiative between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE, [...]

BAHA Conducts TR4 Prevention Exercise at Entry Points

Back in August we reported about the alert in the banana industry in the south. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority had announced the detection of suspected Fusarium Wilt of bananas [...]

Plantings Importation Prohibited to Prevent Exposure to TR4

Another measure that BAHA has taken is to prohibit the importation of plantains. According to Garcia, this is a critical part of making sure that the disease doesn’t get into [...]

BAHA Conducts TR4 Containment Simulation on Banana Farm

So, as you heard just now, BAHA is testing their readiness in the event the disease is detected at the border points or on a farm in the country. Moving [...]

Belize Seaweed Mariculture Project Launched

The Belize Seaweed Mariculture Project was launched today in Placencia.  The project is a joint venture between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE, and the Nature Conservancy Belize, [...]

Longtime Gillnet User Supports Ban of ‘Deadly’ Fishing Tool

The debate on whether to ban the use of gillnets in Belizeans waters continues tonight. Recently, a group of fishermen against the ban staged a protest in Dangriga by members [...]

Fishermen Meet in Dangriga to Support Gillnet Usage

There are two sides to the use of gillnets. In some quarters the use of the fishing gear is said to be harmful and dangerous but among others, the traditional [...]

Establishing Greater Market Access for Belizean Produced Sugar in CARICOM

As it relates to CARICOM, some of Belize’s agricultural products have made their way into the regional market. But even as discussions are ongoing to introduce Belize Sugar Industries’ plantation [...]

Will Belizean Sugar Be Exported to Taiwan?

While CARICOM is natural trading partner, Minister Panton says that Belize is looking at other opportunities outside of the CARICOM region to export the Belizean produced sugar. A delegation is [...]

Developing the Seaweed Industry in Belize

On Friday, BELTRAIDE made further steps to develop the seaweed industry by connecting producers, developers, and consumers. A ‘Ministerial and Private Sector Seaweed Mission’ took industry stakeholders to the seaweed [...]

A Bug is Wrecking Havoc in the Sugar Industry Up North

Still reeling from a prolonged drought in which farmers stand to lose as much as fifty million dollars; the sugar industry is now battling with a pest known as a [...]

End of Month and Still no Pay for C.G.A. Employees

The month of October has come to an end and there is still no pay in sight for employees of the Citrus Growers Association.  For the past several weeks, members [...]

No AGM, No Audit since 2014. What’s Up with CGA’s Finances?

According to Chanona, a general meeting of the membership of the Citrus Growers Association has not taken place since 2014 when the last AGM was convened at his insistence.  Since [...]

Guatemalan Fishermen Saying No to a Gill Net Ban on Belizean Soil?

Last Friday in Belmopan, a group of fishermen picketed the Assembly Building in protest of a proposed ban on the use of gill nets.  Conservationists across the country, including Oceana, [...]

Guatemalans with Belizean Fishing License? Say It Ain’t So!

According to Maheia, these men have been issued fishing licenses to operate within Belizean waters, a practice, he says, that ought to be illegal.  When the BTV pursued the Guatemalan [...]

C.G.A.’s Financial Woes Continues

At least six staff members of the Citrus Growers Association did not report to work today and say they will not do so until they receive their salaries, which is [...]

No Pay for CGA Workers Amid Dire Financial Straits

The Citrus Growers Association, a representative organization of approximately two hundred and fifty small growers, remains in financial ruin.  We have covered extensively the dire situation that the C.G.A. has [...]

Crow-footing CGA’s Assets for Failure to Pay Bills

Marilyn Peters, who has also been with C.G.A. for the past fifteen years as an accounts payable clerk, explains how the creditors visited their offices a few weeks ago enquiring [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Sees the Potential in the Trade Mission

C.E.O. in the Ministry of Agriculture Jose Alpuche also weighed in on the trade mission. Alpuche told the press that apart from attracting new investments and opening new markets, this [...]

Saving the Citrus Industry Means Defeating Citrus Greening Disease

This week we have been reporting on the crisis in the citrus industry and the ramifications to the growers and the economy. One of the factors that have contributed to [...]

No Injection of Cash in CGA says Agriculture Minister

Since we had caught up with Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse, we asked him about meetings have been held with representatives of the CGA. On Friday, Hulse along with his [...]