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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 [...]

COTED to Decide on Belize’s Request to Freely Trade White Sugar in the Region

Plantation white sugar can replace refined sugar. This is according to the Caribbean Development Bank which funded a technical study on the issue. CARICOM Ministerial meetings were held a few [...]

Update on G.O.B.’s Drought Assistance to Farmers

The rains are here but the effects of the drought that devastated crops over several weeks are still being felt. The prolonged drought caused losses in the millions for farmers [...]

Belize Celebrates World Food Day

Today, Belize joined the international community in celebrating World Food Day. This year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is focusing on the importance of healthy diets in tackling global [...]

The Abyss That CGA Has Fallen Into

There is a looming death knell over the citrus industry in southern Belize, signaling that the livelihoods of hundreds may be hanging in the balance. Millions of dollars and years [...]

The Future of the Caribbean Sugar Industry

While the citrus industry is in crisis, up north the sugar industry is rebounding. ASR/B.S.I. has been attempting to get locally produced sugar into the tightly controlled CARICOM market. Now, [...]

Is CGA Heading for Bankruptcy?

We start the newscast tonight with developments in the citrus industry which continues to find itself on the brink of collapse. For some time, the once thriving industry has been [...]

Drought Decimates Acres of Crop in Little Belize, Farmers are Distraught

The financial losses to farmers up north don’t look good after months of a drought gripped the farming community.  In Little Belize, a small Mennonite community in the Orange Walk [...]

Climate Resilient Farming is a Must Amid Devastating Drought

The extreme dry weather conditions that have adversely affected the agriculture sector has once again prompted a discussion on climate resiliency and the need for farmers to adopt other practices [...]

A Farmers Registry for Times like These

According to District Agriculture Coordinator Elsner Campos, it is important for farmers to enroll with the ministry so that a record of their location, the crops they grow and the [...]

Network of N.G.O.s Weighs in on Pending Fisheries Bill

The Belize Network of N.G.O.s wants the government to address illegal, unreported and regulated fishing activities as a matter of national priority.  Government is particularly being urged to enact the [...]

Fisheries Admin says Fisheries Bill Cometh

The Belize Network of N.G.O.s is calling for the passage of a fisheries bill to put in place mechanisms to protect the industry and fisher folks.  We asked the Fisheries [...]

The Delayed Fisheries Bill – What Is In It?

So, why are conservationists and their partners clamouring for the bill to be passed? Well, they say that when passed and enacted, it means that there will be stronger enforcement [...]

Conch Season is Open!

The Fisheries Department says that they are ready for the new conch season. If you’ll recall the season was closed off two months early because the quota for the queen [...]

Belize Agriculture Census Yet to be Completed

In 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture commenced the Belize Agriculture Census. Some twenty enumerators were deployed out in the field to collect data. It was originally planned that the census [...]

COTED Wraps Up; What is in it for Belize’s Sugar?

Five days of meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development in Belize wrapped up today. CARICOM hosted the regional meetings to discuss and plan for trade, agriculture and [...]

CARICOM Countries Take Precautions for African Swine Fever

Another matter that came out of today’s conclusion of the COTED meeting, was the region’s recommendation on how to approach African swine fever. It is a virus that spreads rapidly, [...]

Deadly Banana & Plantain Fungi Threat Detected in Colombia; CARICOM Plans

Another issue that was discussed and recommendations put forward for the region to monitor is a soil fungi that devastates crops like bananas, plantains and related species.  The fungi called [...]

CARICOM Member States Press CAHFSA on Numerous Agricultural Health and Food Safety Matters

Agricultural health and food safety in the Caribbean were the focus of discussions today at the series of CARICOM meetings taking place at the Biltmore in Belize City. Today’s session [...]

The Effects of Sargassum on the Caribbean Fisheries Industry

The spread of Sargassum has affected numerous countries in the region where tourism is a primary industry. In the margins of the ongoing CARICOM meetings, we got an update on [...]

Drought Deals “Major Blow” to the Sugar Industry

Two weeks ago the government declared a state of emergency in several areas of the country as a result of the prolonged drought that has impacted the agricultural sector. Government [...]

Government Has Begun its Assistance to Farmers

The sugar industry is not the only one that has been hit by the prolonged drought, which, according to the experts is the longest in Belize since the seventies. Consequently, [...]

CARICOM Market Flooded with Sugar from Outside the Region

Agriculture officials from CARICOM member states are meeting this week in Belize to discuss and get consensus on matters they want to advance. The meetings began since Monday and today, [...]