By Dalila Ical: Government says it is assessing the situation with carrot producers in San Carlos village, Orange Walk District.
In a release issued today, GOB said the matter is being, “thoroughly examined to determine the cause, the impact and corrective measures necessary”, adding that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development regrets loss of production being experienced by farmers, in particular small farmers.
Government also pointed out that contraband compounds an already difficult cycle. While local farmers produce most of the vegetable consumed in Belize, production of these are not year round and therefore government must import to supply the demand which is managed within the Ministry of Agriculture by the Chief Agriculture Officer and the Director of Extension.
In its release, GOB said there are periods when both imported and domestic products are on the market, which would usually be at the start of or end of the harvest. Contraband, GOB says, only adds to the oversupply at these times.
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