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History in the Making: Sembrando Vida to Boost Productive Sector

One government official who was elated about the opportunities for farmers and improving food security was Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai. Just last week, Minister [...]

Opposition Leader Criticizes PM Over Plant Importation Fiasco

Opposition Leader Shyne Barrow has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the importation of plants into the country, as well as phone calls that were made by Prime Minister John [...]

Can Belize be Sanctioned for Flouting CITES Regulations?

Notwithstanding the argument that Belize hasn’t passed into law any CITES-related legislation, the Leader of the Opposition says that as a signatory to the convention, Belize is still obligated to [...]

Cost of Beans, Rice & Corn Likely to Go Up as Well

According to Minister Mai, rice farmers are also reaching out. This is because the acquisition cost of fertilizers, as well as increasing prices for fuel, triggered by the conflict between [...]

Agriculture Ministry Looking for Homegrown Solution for Farmers

With the cost of fertilizers going up, micro, small and medium scale farmers will have to seek a different route.  The Ministry of Agriculture is hitting the ground running, attempting [...]

Diversifying Trade Markets & Turning Interests to Central America

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai has been on record to say that Belize should shift its trade interests from CARICOM to Central America. He says [...]

Sheep and Goat Industry Back on the Grind

Sheep and goat aren’t known to be traditionally consumed in Belizean households. Its market is primarily the tourism sector. This particular livestock industry was crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic when [...]

Sheep & Goat Project Concludes; Meet the Graduates

Today at the University of Belize Central Farm Campus, stakeholders in a sheep and goat breeding sector graduated a cohort of students who participated in a program hosted at the [...]

Belizean/American Visitor Busted with Illegal Lobster at P.G.I.A.

A Belizean/American visitor who was headed back to Los Angeles on Friday was busted at the Philip Goldson International Airport with a substantial quantity of illegal fisheries products in his [...]

Chamber of Commerce Polls Members on Cannabis Legalization

The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as a social partner, has polled its membership to get a pulse on their position on marijuana legalization.  The results of the questionnaire [...]

B.S.I.’s Bagasse Catches Fire

In northern Belize, fire fighters spent up to eight hours fighting a fire on the A.S.R./B.S.I. compound. Reports are that a mountain of bagasse reached ignition point due to the [...]

Creating Investment Opportunities for Belize

Recently, representatives from Belize and Quintana Roo, Mexico engaged in a three-day Investment Exchange Program. The aim was to create economic opportunities for both countries and assist Mexico with tapping [...]

Breaking the Bias in Agriculture: Luanne Manzanero

One woman is redefining what it looks like to manage thousands of acres of farmland in the Cayo District. Luanne Manzanero is breaking the bias in a male dominated field [...]

Pastor Wade and Minister Musa on Opposite Ends of Cannabis Bill Debate

The debate is raging. Should the Briceño Administration move to legalize marijuana be taken to a national referendum? The churches, the opposition and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize [...]

Musa Says There Will be Cannabis Public Awareness Campaign

Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa says G.O.B. is committed to carrying out a public education and awareness campaign on the pros and cons of cannabis. He also noted the [...]

New Longer Shelf Life Milk Launched in Spanish Lookout

Today, history was made in Spanish Lookout. An ultra high temperature processing plant was officially inaugurated in Belize and will allow for the local dairy production industry to further develop. [...]

Potato Shortage & No Fries to be Found

If you’ve been unable to get fries with your fast food and it is being substituted with fried rice, it’s because there is a shortage of imported fries. Today, Agriculture [...]

The Impact of Fuel Prices on Agriculture Sector

An increase in fuel prices has a rippling effect on the price of commodities. The impact is no different on the agriculture sector. While as a country, we are self-sufficient [...]

Crisis in Citrus: Undocumented Workers Detained

Some thirty-eight undocumented workers from the citrus belt in the south are tonight in custody. The laborers, who are from Central America, have been working in the industry which is [...]

Senator Courtenay Calls Agriculture Sector “Robust”

The nation’s agriculture sector has contributed to an eleven point two percent primary sector growth over the past year. The successful rebound of the economy, in the view of Senator [...]

“Historic Year” as Cattle Shipments to Mexico Continue

A Mexican meat company signed an M.O.U. with the Government of Belize to purchase local cattle on a weekly basis. On Tuesday members of Cabinet attended a cattle export ceremony [...]

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 [...]