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Sugar Cane Crop Closes with Record Breaking Numbers

Today was a big day for the northern districts, as the 2018-2019 sugar crop closed off at A.S.R/B.S.I.  It ended on a positive note for the sugar industry with record [...]

Belize Sugar to CARICOM – the Challenges

And so while sugar experts and farmers are happy about the boost in this year’s sugar cane milled and sugar extracted, it also brings into the focus the much needed [...]

Belize has 140+ Thousand Tons of Sugar that Needs a Market; Will it be CARICOM?

Neal says it would be significant for Belize Sugar to get into the CARICOM market. B.S.I. alone is producing upwards of one hundred and fifty thousand tons of sugar and [...]

A Summer Programme to Develop Agriculture for Young Minds

A two-week summer programme with a focus on agriculture concluded over the weekend with lots of fun activities for the budding farmers.  As many as two hundred young people took [...]

Good Management Practices are Critical to a Sustainable Honey Industry

If you’ve ever come across a bee, your natural reaction would be to run away because their sting can be painful and deadly.  And while bees have proven deadly to [...]

Sarteneja Honey Producers Association Fight Small Hive Beetle

Last month we told you about a donation of small hive beetle traps that was handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture.  Those traps are to be used to control [...]

Belizean Fishermen Busted with Serious Haul of Illegally Harvested Conch

A pair of Belizean fishermen was busted in the southern waters off the coast of Placencia with a massive haul of out-of-season conch.  According to the Fisheries Department, a team [...]

Fisheries and Coast Guard Working Together at Sea

The conch season was closed earlier than usual this year.  Notwithstanding its premature closure, the Fisheries Department has been working closely with its maritime counterparts to enforce all laws at [...]

BAHA Confirms Contraband Onions on Belizean Market

On Wednesday night, we told you the story of the largest onion producer in the Belize District. The Orellana family produces upwards of one hundred thousand pounds of onion annually, [...]

BAHA Seizes 20,000 Pounds of Contraband Commodities in June

The BAHA Quarantine team has implemented a number of measures to crack down on the contraband business. Those efforts include checkpoints for inspections, as well as surveillance and intelligence gathering [...]

Pesticides Control Board Shares Mid-Term Evaluation of 2017-2021 Plan

In April 2017, the Pesticides Control Board launched a plan that would help the Board reach a higher level as a modern, more effective organization that delivers quality services and [...]

Contraband onions hurting local onion farmers; thousands of pounds of onion unsold

Contraband onions are hurting local onion farmers. Several onion producing communities have thousands of pounds of onions on their hands and can’t sell them. The Belize Marketing and Development Corporation [...]

The Annual Agriculture Summer Camp is Underway

The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Police Department, is hosting its fourth annual Youth Engage in Agriculture Summer Camp. The two-week event kicked off on Monday at the [...]

Chan Pine Ridge Villager Concern of B.S.I.’s Air Pollution

Residents of Chan Pine Ridge Village in Orange Walk say they have been greatly affected by air pollution emitted by the neighboring B.S.I. sugar factory. Villagers formed the Chan Pine [...]

Amendments to Fisheries Bill to be Tabled, But When?

For almost a decade, the Fisheries Department along with its partners has been working on amendments to the Fisheries Bill.  The amendments to the bill, if approved and enacted, are [...]

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 [...]