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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018. 9:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of National Security today informed that it has deployed Belize Defence Force (BDF) officers to areas in southern Belize to investigate reports of cutting down forest areas for illegal farming.

The first report to Belizean authorities was made late last week by Otoxha Village Alcalde,  Santiago Peck.

The villagers reported that they came across several areas within Belize that appear to have been cleared by Guatemalan farmers.

The BDF is in the area monitoring the situation and working with the area alcaldes and villagers to gather as much information as possible and offer security where needed.

“Where these activities are discovered within the adjacency zone, the Ministry, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, works with the OAS (Organization of American States) to conduct verification and subsequently destroy any illegal farming that is discovered,” the release states.

The Ministry also notes that when the discoveries are east of the border and not within the adjacency zone, they are destroyed immediately.

The Ministry of National Security encourages the public that come across any illegal activities conducted in these areas to report them to the authorities so that the appropriate actions are taken.

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