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Fruits and Vegetables in Belize’s Markets Tested for Pesticide Residues? Currently Belize has no regular testing system for pesticide residues of fruits and vegetables sold in our stores and markets. Belize law does not mandate any pesticides residue testing of our foods, so there is no way to declare that they are safe or not. Belize products sold for export must meet the demands of the importing country, usually including pesticide residue testing. Importers bringing produce into Belize however, do not need to have any pesticide residue testing done. Under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, a country cannot impose restrictions on imported goods which are not required for the same domestic goods. Thus, in order to mandate pesticide residue testing…

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Belize Ag Report Thankfully Enters 7th Year of Publishing… It doesn’t feel as though 6 yrs have elapsed since our first fledgling edition, but it has. From a vague concept of providing information useful to producers, and thanks to the confidence of our advertisers and the growing cadre of passionate contributors, we have grown not only in size (24 pgs of issue #1, to 44 pgs of issue #28), but in focus and in geographical coverage. In this issue you will find 2014 crop data from Blue Creek (Mennonite) community (pg 36), as well as prices now delineated by location in Belize for several commodities. Thank you to all our writers, an expanding group of diverse talents, some one time…

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The GMO debate in recent weeks in Belize has shaken up the agriculture community to some extent. Stress can have some benefit in that it challenges all of us to listen, examine and re- evaluate. Whether it strengthens a position already held or alters thought, educating ourselves is a good thing. It is said that if the lychee tree does not receive a periodic ‘hammering to the trunk’, it will not bear fruit. We are getting our hammering, and hopefully, ‘we will bear fruit’. The Belize Ag Report writers have diverse opinions. Our publication itself is inert and opinion-less, operating as a framework within which ‘to disperse information useful to the producers large and small’ (Mission Statement p. 6). The…

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Tribute is due to the silent editor of The Belize Ag Report, John C. Roberson, Sr. who passed away on February 7, 2011 at the age of 82 years. Although John did not initially support the establishment of the BAR because of the cost, after his long-time friend, John Carr, enthusiastically came on board as assistant editor, he began to re-evaluate. Seeing his friend’s steady support and sensing the positive feedback and encouragement from readers, my John changed his mind and contributed significantly to the growth of the BAR, just as he had contributed for over 50 years to the growth of the agriculture sector in Belize. He drove me around, kept my vehicle running, accompanied me on field trips,…

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Ag Shows, School Garden Projects, Seed AuthorityTime to again be thinking about NATS and the Spanish Lookout Expo. We share with you a report on last year’s NATS by MAF’s CAO Mr. Eugene Waight, in our ONLINE ANNEX. Farmers were looking forward to two ag shows in Cayo District in 2011, NATS and the EXPO, but will be disappointed in the latter, which will not be held in 2011. The Spanish Lookout community, after extensive review and discussion, have decided that there is too much controversy to forge ahead with plans for this February 2011. There was no debate about whether the community’s businesses had prospered in the immediate months after last year’s fine show. The controversy was over the…

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A country is somewhat like a business – there are things which one may like to do; nevertheless, periodically one must review goals, actions, progress, and financial realities- and then coordinate redirection and rededication to meet expectations. Agriculture, has been described as ‘the twin pillar which is [more] under our control [than tourism]’ by Beltraide’s Ms. Beverly Burke (NATS 2010). Ambassador Adelbert Tucker stated (Oct. 2009), “Belize must grow itself out of the recession.” Farmers and agribusiness people want to meet this challenge. Farming historically not being one of the most lucrative professions, however it is one upon which each of us is vitally dependent (requiring food). In Belize farming must become ‘good business’ in order for it to continue,…

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Hats Off To Promoters Of The Spanish Lookout Expo Estimates of between 12,000 to16,000 people made the ef- fort to visit the First Annual Spanish Lookout Commercial/ Industrial Expo, held as a one day event on February 27th , at Countryside Park, Spanish Lookout, Cayo District. Close to 100 businesses, most but not all Mennonite owned, set up booths and exhibits to showcase their wares and services. The Belize Ag Report salutes the main sponsors of that show: Farmers Trading Center, Universal Hardware, Western Dairies, Quality Poultry, Westrac and Belize Tire Depot. We understand that the turn out was so successful, that organizers are considering making this a two-day event next year, and may include more agriculture – crops, horti-culture…

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As we end the year, upbeat agricultural news has continued to flow, with the GOB and the private sector working together in harmony as never before. The strongest example of this new joined effort is the fact that each has realized the need for the other to move forward in export marketing. Export markets have developed and expanded, and agriculture seems more in the limelight here at home. One of the limiting obstacles agrarians face in Belize is the lack of affordable capital. Hopes had been for procedures to be in place already for applications for CDF (CARICOM Development Fund) monies, as the clock is turning already for phase 1, a 4-year cycle focusing on ‘disadvantaged’ countries (Sept 09-Dec 2013).…

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Congratulations and thanks to all who worked hard for the success of the recent National Agriculture and Trade Show. We share with you some of the comments we heard about the 2009 show. All agree that Agriculture and Trade industries overlap, and have been served fairly well in the past with one integrated annual show. However, due to the growth of both sectors, is it time to consider separation, and a distinct show for each?Questions arose in the planning of this show, stemming from the divergent marketing philosophies of these groups. Belize Ag Report heard several suggestions to split up and re-organize, from the Ag. Sector. Although no formal survey was conducted, positive comments were expressed bytrade sector individuals too.…

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Greetings, allow us to introduce ourselves. We are The Belize Ag Report, a monthly newsletter, headquartered in the Cayo District, but covering the entire country of Belize. How did we come into existence? As a result of an exasperating conversation asking a friend,’ Where is the agriculture news?’, given that it is the largest sector of the Belizean economy. Simply put, it’s an astounding situation here! Even the agriculture sector itself, in a way, feel ‘unnewsworthy’. We do not claim to be the official voice of agriculture Please read our mission statement printed on front page. To the other members of the Belizean media, we say ‘Please listen to agriculture.’ What is more important than the food we eat? Isn’t…

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