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Is Insurance for Farmers Coming to Belize?

Insurance in the agriculture sector is uncommon as it is considered a risky undertaking for any institution providing financial protection against loss or harm.  Notwithstanding the chances of loss to [...]

Emergency Assistance to Farmers Impacted by Drought

At a very lengthy press conference that went through the lunch hour today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that a state of emergency is to be declared in parts of [...]

Opposition Leader Comments on G.O.B.’s Plan to Assist Farmers

While this is not the first occasion that drought has affected the agricultural sector, it is certainly the worse. The government’s plan to work with Central Bank and local banks [...]

Citrus Industry to be Affected by Devastating Drought

In July, News Five reported on the constant decline in production in the citrus industry. Several factors such as a citrus disease and less investment influenced the decline and tonight drought [...]

“The world’s most ethical and sustainable shrimp comes from Belize”

The Inter-American Development Bank has hailed Belize’s shrimp as the most ethical and sustainable. According to the I.D.B., Belize has taken the lead in producing socially and environmentally responsible shrimp. [...]

CDF Provides US$3.3M in Loans to GOB for Sustainable Development Strategy

A loan agreement to finalize the approval of a six million dollar credit line and two grants amount to six hundred thousand dollars under the CARICOM Development Fund’s Second Cycle [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Assessing Impacts of Deadly Drought in the North

The deadly drought in northern Belize is crippling farmers and by extension certain sectors of the agriculture industry. Corn farmers and soybeans producers in Blue Creek Village in the Orange [...]

Ministry of Agriculture and Famers to Discuss Way Forward

According to C.E.O. Jose Alpuche, not much can be done to assist farmers who have lost their investment in their corn plantations. He says that after the assessment, farmers will [...]

Farmers Were Informed of Continuous Drought

Data collected from the National Meteorological Service of Belize confirms a short-term drought developing over the Corozal, Orange Walk and northern Belize Districts. This drought is gravely affecting the farmers [...]

Blue Creek Farmers Lose Millions in Corn Crop due to Drought

As changes in weather patterns rise due to climate change, a drought is wrecking havoc in agricultural fields in northern Belize. Earlier today, the Meteorological office issued a drought warning [...]

Drought May Force Importation of Soybeans

Soybean plantations in Blue Creek and other parts of the country are also being affected by the continuous drought. In Blue Creek, farmers there were expected to plant two thousand [...]

Jose Mai Says Fresh Injection of Capital Can Save Farmers

Parliamentarian Jose Abelardo Mai says the Government must pay attention to the farmers’ plights. Ignoring such issues can have detrimental effects on not only the economy but also on households, [...]

C.P.B.L. Signs Subsidiary Workers Agreement

On August ninth, 2019, management and workers of the Citrus Products of Belize Limited gathered for the signing of a Subsidiary Workers Agreement, which is a contractual agreement between the [...]

Minister of Tourism Supports the Fisheries Bill!

For more than ten years, the Fisheries Department and its partners have been working on amendments to the Fisheries Bill.  If the amendments are approved and enacted, there will be [...]

Preparing Local Farmers to Meet the Demands of the Sheep Industry

For the past four years, the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Agriculture has been working on expanding the sheep farming industry in Belize. The aim of the project [...]

Leather Tanning, a Value Adding Process for Farmers

The three-day sheep management workshop will also feature a day of leather tanning. Many may not know, but there is a leather cooperative out west. Its members, who are primarily [...]

A Fish Graveyard Populated By Gillnet Usage at Salt Creek

The Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries is championing a move to ban the use of gillnets countrywide.  Gillnets are indiscriminate and as such are depleting fish stocks.  This morning, a news [...]

Enforcement of Sugar Tax – is it CARICOM’s Answer to its Sugar Problems?

Last month the Stabroek News of Guyana published an article outlining the challenges in the sugar sector for CARICOM states. The article headline reads that the, “extensive tax evasion sinking [...]

BAHA on Alert for Disease that Can Wipe Out Banana Industry

There is an alert tonight in the banana industry in the south. The Belize Agriculture Health Authority informs of a suspected detection of Fusarium wilt of bananas in La Guajira [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Monitoring Citrus Industry

The citrus industry continues to grapple with low productivity, dwindling farmhands, as well as lack of financing. These challenges are compounded by citrus greening, so much so that the 2018/2019 [...]

How Can the Citrus Industry Rebound?

Can the citrus industry rebound? That’s the question we posed to officials of the Citrus Growers Association when we met for a one-on-one interview on Thursday.  Hit by citrus greening, [...]

Citrus Industry Remains in Bad Shape Amid Constant Decline in Production

While up north the sugar industry is having a bumper crop, in the south, the citrus industry is in dire straits. The 2018-2019 crop has been plagued by many factors [...]

FAO and Ministry of Agriculture Conclude Train-the-trainers Seminar

Phase One of a three-day train-the-trainers workshop being held by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization has concluded.  The Sustainable Food Systems and Value Chain Development [...]

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 [...]