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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018. 2:15 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche in an interview with News 5 yesterday informed that the Belize Marketing Development Corporation (BMDC) has applied for a permit to import lime.

According to Alpuche, the importation of lime will aid in the shortage the country is currently experiencing especially since there is great demand in the local market and tourism industry.

Furthermore, Alpuche said that importing lime will decrease the amount of contraband products being brought in.

“There is a tremendous demand from Belizeans but also took a tremendous demand from the tourism market, because it’s not just the fish for Easter – it’s the margaritas that the tourists want. And we’re coming under growing pressure from the tourism market to be able to have fresh lime on the market; we’re trying to do it the proper way. The other side of this coin is that there is a quite a bit of contraband coming in, and we absolutely need to do it properly. If we import formally, that will take the difficulty, it will take the risk we have from contraband products coming in illegally,” Alpuche explained.

Alpuche also stated that by BMDC getting the importation permit, it would be a balance act in mediating the contraband of local lime.

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