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Confirmed Cases of H5N1 in Honduras and Mexico Pose Threat to Belize’s Poultry Industry

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority has issued an advisory informing the public that confirmed cases of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, H5N1, has been detected in pelicans on the coast [...]

Increased Measures at Points of Entry to Decrease H5N1 Threats to Belize

In light of the confirmed cases of the H5N1 virus in Mexico and Honduras, BAHA is strengthening its technical and strategic response. This is being done through the One Health [...]

Citrus Growers Reject $14 Dollar Offer per Box of Grapefruit  

Is there trouble ahead in the citrus industry?  This morning, Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai shared dismal news coming from the south where farmers are refusing to deliver grapefruits [...]

M.I.D.H. Commits to Maintain Sugar Roads throughout 2022/2023 Sugar Crop

The 2022/2023 sugar crop officially kicked off on Tuesday.  Previously, there have been concerns about the conditions of sugarcane roads. Farmers have persistently complained that sugar roads become impassable following [...]

Over One Million Tons of Sugar Cane to be Milled in 2022/2023 Crop Season  

Last night, we told you that the 2022/2023 sugar crop finally got underway, after the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and A.S.R./B.S.I. signed a one-year interim agreement. Farmers are now [...]

Will the Next 12 Months Yield a Long-Term Agreement between B.S.C.F.A. and A.S.R./B.S.I.?

And, while the 2022/2023 crop progresses, over next twelve months the millers and the farmers must once again engage in discussions towards a long-term commercial agreement. Shawn Chavarria, the Director [...]

B.S.I. Is “Content and Happy” at the Start of the 2022/2023 Crop Season

The 2022/2023 sugar crop officially began this morning, following long-drawn-out negotiations between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and B.S.I. As we reported on Friday, the B.S.C.F.A. and the miller [...]

Weekend Rains Led to Delivery Delays on Sugar Crop Opening Day

The Sugar Cane Production Committee is estimating that one point three million tons of sugarcane is available for grinding during the 2022/2023 crop. Due to the substantial amount of sugar [...]

B.S.I. On One-Year Interim Agreement: “The Priority Became Getting the Crop Started”

As we said, A.S.R./B.S.I. and B.S.C.F.A. signed a one-year interim agreement. The mill initially proposed a two-year interim agreement, following a failed mediation exercise. Shawn Chavarria, the Director of Finance [...]

S.I.C.B. Chairman Responds to Accusation of Undue Influence from Minister of Agriculture

In our conversation with S.I.C.B. Chairman Marcos Osorio, we also asked him about S.I.C.B.’s decision to push the start date to the twenty-seventh of December, despite the fact that the [...]

B.S.C.F.A. and B.S.I. Enter into One-year Interim Agreement

Sugar cane farmers in the north, represented by various associations, have signed a one-year interim agreement with A.S.R./B.S.I., effectively breaking a deadlock between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and [...]

PM Briceño Says Two Years Too Much for Interim Agreement between B.S.I. and B.S.C.F.A.

Last night, we told you that A.S.R./B.S.I. is proposing a two-year interim agreement with B.S.C.F.A. under the same conditions as last year’s crop. Well, Prime Minister John Briceño says B.S.I.’s [...]

Mediation Between A.S.R./B.S.I. and B.S.C.F.A. Failed

Late this evening, Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai, confirmed with News Five that mediation between A.S.R./B.S.I. and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has failed. He conceded that while [...]

Minister Mai: B.S.C.F.A. Leadership Willing to Accept One-Year Interim Agreement in Principle

According to Mai, the Ministry of Agriculture has been in discussions with A.S.R./B.S.I. to have the proposed two-year interim agreement reduced to one year. But, will the sugarcane farmers yield [...]

B.S.I. Proposes Two-Year Interim Commercial Agreement with B.S.C.F.A.

There appears to be no resolution in sight for the sugar dispute between A.S.R./B.S.I. and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. Tonight, B.S.I. is suggesting that the B.S.C.F.A. and the [...]

Start of 2022/2023 Sugar Crop Conditional on Signing of Commercial Agreement

When will the 2022/2023 sugar crop begin? That is the question on the minds of many. Today, A.S.R./B.S.I. issued a statement to the media earlier today saying that the mill [...]

Still No Compromises in Sugar Impasse As Time Draws Near for New Crop

The new sugar crop is four days away and today there’s still no concrete outcome coming out of the mediations between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and A.S.R/B.S.I. The [...]

Final Tally of Damages to Crops Still Being Worked Out

Several farmers in rural Belize and Cayo districts mainly suffered losses in crops due to Hurricane Lisa on November second. Today, the Minister of Agriculture, Jose Abelardo Mai, told reporters [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Graduates Forty Beekeepers Following Training

Over forty newly-qualified beekeepers graduated today after successfully completing training in that field of work. The beekeepers, who hail from all across the country, gathered at Hodie’s Place in San [...]

Mediator for A.S.R./B.S.I.- B.S.C.F.A. Impasse Facilitating Discussions

A.S.R./ B.S.I. and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association are still in negotiation over a revised Commercial Agreement. As we have reported, Julie- Ann Ellis Bradley has been hired as [...]

Celebrating 10 Years of Compete Caribbean

A ceremony was held today at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Compete Caribbean. But what is Compete Caribbean? It is a private sector development [...]

Julie-Ann Bradley is Appointed Mediator in Sugar Impasse

The 2022-2023 sugar crop is scheduled to commence in two weeks, on December nineteenth, but still there is no resolution to the impasse between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association [...]

Sugar Industry Resolution is Critical as Crop is Set to Begin December 19th

The next few days are critical for the industry, as well as the start of the upcoming crop. Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai says that each day without a resolution, [...]

Minister Mai on Damage Assessment for Agriculture Sector

While with the Minister of Agriculture, the media also asked for an update on the damage assessment to the agriculture sector, following Hurricane Lisa. Minister Jose Abelardo Mai shares detail [...]

Agriculture Official: There Has to Be Land Planning to Avoid Encroachments with Development

We have reported on agricultural encroachments that persist both on the natural corridors of wildlife, as well as unexcavated archaeological sites. It’s done by farmers who procure land and clear [...]