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Opposition Leader Says Small Farmers Should Be Protected

Opposition Leader, John Briceño, also weighed in on the concerns raised by potato farmers in San Carlos Village. Farmers have complained that they cannot sell their locally grown, red potatoes [...]

Agriculture C.E.O. Says Farms Must Produce Quality, Consistency

On Wednesday, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche, told News Five the ministry is attempting a new approach to assist farmers. Alpuche says they are finding ways to [...]

Agriculture C.E.O. Addresses Potato Farmers’ Concerns

On Tuesday, we reported on the mounting worries of dozens of potato farmers in San Carlos Village, Orange Walk. The farmers are concerned that they will not be able to [...]

Local Potato Producers Fear Losing Revenue to Imported Mexican Potatoes

Tonight there is growing concern among farmers in San Carlos Village, Orange Walk. Potato farmers are worried that their investment and weeks of hard work will be all for naught [...]

Is the Contraband of Mexican Potatoes Affecting Local Farmers?

According to Mai, local potato farmers have also been affected by contraband. He says that all relevant stakeholders should come together to prevent the perpetuation of illegally bringing in the [...]

Jose Mai: “That is nonsense!”

Today, the P.U.P.’s Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai took a jab at the Ministry of Agriculture with respect to the concerns of the potatoes farmers. Mai says [...]

Over 5 Million Dollars invested in Belize’s Banana Industry

Banana is one of Belize’s primary agricultural industries, behind sugar and citrus. It brings in millions of dollars every year for the economy through export earnings. But as we’ve reported [...]

Belize exports first shipment of crude soybean oil

In other news in the agriculture sector, Belize exported its first shipment of crude soybean oil to Jamaica last week. The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce announced that this [...]

Opposition Leader Urges G.O.B. to Assist Sugar Cane Farmers

P.U.P. Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai is on record speaking on the bad conditions of sugar roads and his concerns over the disbursement of monies earmarked for [...]

The Terrible Conditions of the Sugar Roads in OW South

Every year there is some level of public outcry by cane farmers in respect to the deplorable state of sugar roads in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. And in [...]

2018/2019 Sugar Cane Crop Opens While World Sugar Prices Continue Declining

The mills at the A.S.R./B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill cranked up this morning to give way to the 2018-2018 sugar cane crop.  Production is expected to be in the range [...]

An Antibiotic Awareness Forum

The Belize Agricultural and Health Authority and the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization convened yet another round of discussions with stakeholders in the agricultural [...]

A 1-Health Approach to Avoiding Bacterial Resistance

According to Drug Inspector Samira Gongora, antibiotic resistance can occur in humans and animals. The long term effect of its misuse can potentially lead to the eradication of the population [...]

An Agriculture Conference for Belizean Farmers

The first annual Tropical Agriculture Conference is being held at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan.  The event hosted by Regeneration International and Regeneration Belize commenced with [...]

Was Dr. Carlos Itza Fired for Speaking Out?

Chairman of the Sugar Control Production Committee, Doctor Carlos Itza has finally heard from the Chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board, Gabriel Martinez. But the letter gave him his [...]

Allegations of Mismanagement at Sugar Industry Control Board

Chairman of the Sugar Cane Production Committee, Doctor Carlos Itza, is speaking out against what he describes as mismanagement at the Sugar Industry Control Board.  Doctor Itza is calling into [...]

Dr. Carlos Itza Says S.I.C.B. Should be Audited

According to Doctor Carlos Itza, S.I.C.B. manages millions of dollars every year. He says that for the cane farmers to understand the gravity of the alleged mismanagement, an audit should [...]

Belize Agro-productive Sector Group questions rice donation from Taiwan

A donation of rice from Taiwan has come under fire from the productive sector. The ten thousand sacks of grain were delivered on August twenty-second to the Minister of Human [...]

P.U.P.’s Jose Mai Says Taiwan’s Rice Donation Will Hurt Local Producers

Taiwan’s rice donation on Wednesday has some local rice producers up in arms. This is according to the P.U.P.’s Orange Walk South Area Representative, Jose Abelardo Mai.  Mai says he [...]

Minister Anthony Martinez Defends Taiwan’s Rice Donation

Defending Taiwan’s rice donation was Minister Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez. The Minister says that anyone would prefer cash donation but in this case, the ten thousand bags of rice was donated [...]

A.S.R./B.S.I. Acquires Tug Boat Valued $1.2Million

Belize Sugar Industries Limited has acquired a tugboat valued at one point two million Belize dollars. The tugboat now renamed “Shuga Pride” will be used to transport sugar one hundred [...]

10,000 Sacks of White Rice Gifted to Belize from Taiwan

Belize produces rice, but today, a donation of ten thousand bags of rice was made to the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation through the Taiwan Rice [...]

BSI Invests Another $40 Million in Value Added Production

The Belize Sugar Industries has announced that it will invest an additional forty million dollars over the next eighteen months to improve efficiency and further increase value-added production to the [...]

Tate and Lyle Should be Paying for the Freight, Not Farmers says P.U.P.

There seems to be a widening rift between cane farmers in the north and the millers, American Sugar Refinery/Belize Sugar Industry. It has to do with the cane price estimates [...]

B.S.I. Rep. Responds to Assertions Made by Jose Mai

This evening, the Cane Farmers Relations Manager for A.S.R./B.S.I., Olivia Avilez, stopped by News Five to clarify the miller’s position on the matter. She contends that the charge is much [...]