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UB Central Farm Delivers on Trial Plot of Authentic Belizean Bananas

Belize’s bananas are said to be some of the best on the market. They have a high demand in Europe and right here at home they make for healthy and [...]

Fisheries Department Responds to Conch Quota Concerns

Since the beginning of the week, News Five has been taking an in-depth look at the state of Belize’s conch fishery.  There have been serious concerns raised about enforcement of [...]

Broccoli & Cauliflower to be Imported

The Ministry of Agriculture says the importation of a quantity of broccoli and cauliflower will be allowed later this month through the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation. According to a [...]

Quality Poultry Business View Caribbean’s Cover Story!

Last month, we shared a story on the economic benefits of migrant-founded businesses like Quality Poultry Products in Spanish Lookout. The poultry producer was also recognized with a cover story [...]

BAHA on High Alert Following African Swine Fever Outbreak in Asia, Africa, Europe

The Belize Animal and Health Authority has put in place precautionary measures to protect the country from African swine fever. It is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic [...]

Agriculture CEO Says Soybean is Indeed Restricted

Soybean producers in Little Belize are in the red and they are desperately trying to find a new market for roughly seven million pounds of the legume which is being [...]

The Soy Bean Industry is in Crisis in Little Belize

Little Belize is a small remote community populated by almost three thousand Mennonites. To get there you travel via Progresso Road in the Corozal District.  It is not often in [...]

The Glut of Potato Supply in the Country

Turning to glut in potato supply in the country.… The Chief Agriculture Officer, Andrew Harrison says that Belizeans consume over three point five million pounds of potato annually; one hundred [...]

Will There Be Rotting Potatoes in the Fields Once Again

But the question remains…. will farmers be left once again with rotting potatoes in the fields due to the glut on the market? Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse says that it [...]

A $15 Million Investment to Transform the Sugar Industry

The local sugar industry is transitioning from a raw sugar producer to a manufacturer of direct consumption sugar. It’s a move that American Sugar Refinery, started almost two years ago [...]

Lobbying for Preferential Pricing of Sugar in the Caribbean

The millers and the government have been working feverishly to lobby CARICOM to allow preferential pricing for direct consumption sugars in the Caribbean. As it currently stands, Belize, Jamaica and [...]

Jose Mai Takes Ministry of Agriculture to Task over Potato Bumper Crop

On Tuesday, Chief Agriculture Officer Andrew Harrison issued a press release explaining the potato planting season for 2018/2019.  According to the government representative, the Ministry of Agriculture met with potato [...]

Barton Creek Potato Farmers Planted Wisely

The last license for imported potatoes was issued on January eleventh for two hundred thousand pounds and the final date which those potatoes could have been brought into the country [...]

Agriculture Minister Says Local Potato Farmers Not Disregarded

Potato farmers in San Carlos, Orange Walk are worried that thousands of dollars in investments and a huge amount of red potatoes will go to waste. That’s because imported white [...]

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 [...]