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More Cattle Ranchers than Cane Farmers in Belize

Approximately five thousand, six hundred cattle ranchers are operating across the country. In fact, cattle farmers now outnumber sugar cane farmers. The majority are small farmers whose livelihood depends on [...]

Mexico and Guatemala Both Want Belizean Cattle

Prime Minister John Briceño says Guatemala and Mexico are competing for Belize’s cattle. PM Briceño noted that the competition will provide the capital needed for expanding the industry in Belize. [...]

Cabinet Approves Amendments to Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Act

In Cabinet news this week, Cabinet gave its approval for a motion to be taken to the National Assembly for six point two million U.S. dollars for financing from the [...]

D.F.C. Offers Citrus Revitalization Loans to Farmers

A new loan product to support small, medium and large citrus farmers has been launched by the Development Finance Corporation. The Citrus Revitalization Loans aim to provide financial support to [...]

Farmed to Perfection: Camalote Family Encourages Belizeans to Grow What they Eat

As products on the local market become more and more costly, maybe it is time to consider growing more of what you eat. As our next story shows, starting out [...]

Productive Sector Rebounds

Agriculture production contributed to a robust expansion of the sector. The resumption of the exportation of livestock to neighboring countries, under the Briceño Administration, bolstered the sector’s revenue, says P.M. [...]

World Bank Provides USD$25 Million for Agriculture

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved financing of twenty-five million Belize dollars for the Belize Climate Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture Project. According to a release from the [...]

BAHA Says Private Vet Refused to Adhere to Laws Regarding Diseased Bird

News Five has received a report about a several exotic birds that have died, purportedly after the owner contacted the Belize Agricultural Health Authority requesting tests be done, but BAHA [...]

BAHA: Please Report Sick or Dead Birds To Protect National Flocks

Dr. DePaz said that BAHA. technicians did conduct tests for two of the most common bird diseases, and those tests came back negative. He said that not having the necessary [...]

BAHA Concerned About Diseased Birds Heading This Way

Dr. Depaz of BAHA says Newcastle Disease has been detected in some birds in southern Belize but not in the commercial flock. He said BAHA is urging farmers to vaccinate [...]

Illegal Exotic Birds May Be Carrying Disease: B.A.H.A. Running Tests

Concerns over disease in some peacocks have prompted tests for two types of avian disease. Officials at the Belize Agriculture Health Authority have ruled out the presence of Newcastle Disease [...]

B.A.H.A. Says Regulations Designed to Protect Birds and Other Wildlife, Livestock

Gutierrez says if people follow the laws regarding wildlife importation, it would save the government and importers a whole lot of money because the procedures would be followed that would [...]

Prosecuting Animal Smugglers is Easier Said than Done

Unfortunately, B.A.H.A.’s Francisco Gutierrez says that when people do not follow the law on wildlife importation and it results in an outbreak of some kind, it is difficult to take [...]

Poacher Pays Fine to Avoid Jail!

A man who was caught red-handed in possession of wild animal body parts was found guilty this week and fined two thousand dollars. The prosecution followed a search at the [...]

Selling Belize-Grown Agricultural Products in Central America

A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, headed by Minister Jose Abelardo Mai, is currently in El Salvador as Belize further explores trade with Central American countries. They travelled as [...]

B.A.H.A.’s Perspective on Ostrich Importation Permit

Last week, Cayo businesswoman Nancy Marin expressed frustration over her attempts to obtain an import permit for ostriches. She claims she has been stonewalled or had to deal with too [...]

Forestry Officer Says Ostrich Permit Granted, but with Conditions

So today, the Department of Forestry indicated that they have also approved a permit for Marin to import ostriches, but that she must present a management plan. Deputy Chief Forest [...]

Shrimp Farmers Get Technical Assistance from U.K.

An aquaculture workshop was held Monday at the Tilapia Hatchery Center in Central Farm for shrimp famers. Aqua experts Grant Stentiford and Matthew Sanders from the United Kingdom facilitated. The [...]

B.S.I. Responds to C.C.J. Ruling on Trinidad Sugar Imports

Last night we told you about the legal challenge that Belize brought against Trinidad and Tobago before the C.C.J.  The Government of Belize accused the Republic of importing non-CARICOM brown [...]

Cane Farmers and B.S.I. Working on Commercial Agreement

To prevent any further standoffs, B.S.I. and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association are in negotiations as they attempt to finalize a commercial agreement by the end of the sugar [...]

B.S.I. Invests $6 Million in Cleaner Emissions

Back in 2019, the community of Chan Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District claimed it was being affected by air pollution from B.S.I.  Residents were especially concerned that the [...]

B.S.I. Says It is Living Up to Its Commitment to the Community

With its latest upgrades, which also include the water cooling system that was commissioned at the start of the sugar crop, will B.S.I. be able to shake off the negative [...]

Sugar Cane Quality Improving

News Five also followed up with Chavarria on B.S.I.’s report last month that sugar cane was coming in with extraneous matter that threatened to shut down the mill.  He says [...]

17 Agro-Productive Members Raise Investment Concerns

The seventeen members of the Belize Agro-Productive Sector Group have written to the Prime Minister with a list of concerns about the government’s handling of recent events, out-of-date legislation and [...]

SSB Investments in Shrimp; Citrus Export Drop

The latest data shows citrus was the only major export to go down in 2021, mainly due to a reduction in orange concentrate exports. Since citrus is a main area [...]