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Belize to Export Soybeans to China

In 2021, Belize exported over a million dollars worth of soybeans, mainly to Pakistan. Revenues from that export earner are expected to increase significantly this year, with the country now [...]

Over 34,000 People Attended National Agriculture & Trade Show

The three-day trade show that Belizeans across the country look forward to in Belmopan is now history, but even under the sweltering heat, this year’s attendance surpassed last year’s. The [...]

B.S.I. Clarifies Fairtrade Premiums Payment Methodology

On Wednesday, Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai told News Five that B.S.C.F.A. had been cut out of its share of Fairtrade premium for sugar sold by B.S.I. to Tate [...]

Woman Farmer of the Year is Phenomenally Independent

Each year, the Ministry of Agriculture names a Woman Farmer of the Year to complement its new senior and junior winners. This year’s Woman Farmer of the Year, fifty-year-old Esmeralda [...]

From the Farms to the Table, Onion Field Day in Bomba

Belize District is often referred to as the vegetable basket for the urban market. Thousands of pounds of edible plants that are consumed daily are produced by many cooperatives just [...]

Did A.S.R./B.S.I. Not Pay B.S.C.F.A. for Fairtrade Premium?

Earlier today, News Five caught up with Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai in Bomba Village and we asked for an update on the situation between Belize Sugar Cane Farmers [...]

G.O.B. Wants to Ensure Protection of Sugar Cane Farmers

But what law exists that determines that the miller must compensate all farmers after selling sugar to Fairtrade at a premium price? Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai says that at [...]

Nago Bank Fulfilling IFAD’s Purpose of Farming to Address Poverty

In December 2018, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD launched the Resilient Rural Belize program, providing financing of around sixteen million dollars to contribute to the government’s goal of increasing [...]

Junior Farmer of the Year: Engaging in What You Love Keeps You Happy

The Junior Farmer of the Year, 2023 is twenty-three-year-old Axel Perez, of Cristo Rey Village, Corozal. Perez, a sixth form graduate, shared that he has had to make sacrifices to [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Signs MoU for $91.4 Climate Resilient Project

The effects of climate change on farming communities will force the agro-productive sector to take on new methods and practices in farming. That is why the Ministry of Agriculture has [...]

Mai on Ostrich Farms: As Long As They Meet the Requirements, I Support It

Two weeks ago, we heard from the Leader of the Belize People’s Front, Nancy Marin, who is also a businesswoman and farmer. She has opened a restaurant that offers exotic [...]

Will Belize Supply Poultry to CARICOM?

There’s a demand for poultry in the Caribbean and Belize might get the green light to supply CARICOM countries with the coveted source of protein. According to Minister of Agriculture, [...]

Price Of Poultry Up By Ten Percent

Another commodity that has seen a recent increase is poultry. Viewers might have taken note that the price of poultry increased by ten cents earlier this week. As a result, [...]

Women Cane Farmers Boost their Capacity, Graduate Field School

Today, a graduation ceremony was held for a group of female cane farmers who successfully completed the Women Farmers Field School.  Over the last twelve months, these women attended sessions [...]

Engaging the Youth through Technology in the Sugar Industry

While women make up just over forty percent of the registered farmers population, sixty percent of male farmers are above the age of fifty. Farming in the sugar industry is [...]

Good News on the 2022/2023 Sugar Crop

There is good news coming out of the north as it relates to the 2022-2023 sugar crop season. It was off to a rough start with the issues surrounding a [...]

Fairtrade Suspension to be Lifted

As we reported last week, Belize Sugar Industries Limited saw its Fairtrade certification suspended following an audit back in January that flagged the millers for noncompliance. According to a release [...]

S.I.B. Confirms Sharp Decline in Domestic Exports: Shrimp, Banana and Citrus

Earlier today, the Statistical Institute of Belize confirmed what has been previously reported by the Minister of Agriculture with respect to the underwhelming performance of various industries, including crude oil, [...]

Sugar Holds Its Own Amid Decline in Domestic Exports

While there have been sharp declines elsewhere in the agro-productive sector, sugar remains a viable commodity.  Over a twelve-year period, sugar exports went from roughly sixty million dollars in 2010, [...]

Owner of Salad Franchise Supports School Growing Veggies

Tonight, we bring you the follow up to a story we aired on a Look on the Bright Side only two weeks ago. Children in San Jose Succotz were growing [...]

Budget Debate: The Agriculture Sector and its Challenges

The agriculture sector shrunk in 2022, but continues to be one of the main economic drivers for the country. It employs tens of thousands of Belizeans and experiences direct growth [...]

Will Belize Export Poultry to Jamaica?

A team from Jamaica is presently in Belize on a fact-finding mission to determine whether poultry produced locally can be exported to the island nation on a commercial scale.  The [...]

$177,000 Lamanai Conservation and Preservation Project Launched

The Lamanai Archaeological Reserve was designated back in 1985; four years after Belize gained its independence. It is said to be the archaeological site with the longest occupational history in [...]

At Yemy Farm Belizeans Enjoy Farm Life and Fresh Produce

Tonight on Belize on Reel, we visit a family-owned farm in the Belize District that continues to grow in popularity for a variety of meat produce being delivered to your [...]

Minister of Home Affairs Heading Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sugar Impasse

The Minister of Home Affairs has been appointed to head a three-member Cabinet sub-committee that has been established to bring about a solution to the longstanding impasse between B.S.C.F.A. and [...]