Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020. 12:29 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Minister of Agriculture and Food and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Godwin Hulse, closed the debate on the Crime Control and Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by reflecting on the nature of contraband and how it affects legal business.
Hulse observed that too many Belizeans have to be constantly kept on to get work done, because “we are not a people who do the right thing,” and we must take responsibility for this.
He pointed to the recent legalization of the cattle trade, which kicked off last week with about 120 heads of cattle being sent to Guatemala after much negotiation. He anticipated that twice as many heads, 246, may be sent to Mexico in a few weeks’ time. But some still prefer the old way because they do not want to pay taxes and go through particular checks for diseases, for example.
The situation in the border communities in the North, Hulse said, is one of “middlemen” selling, expensively, to residents, despite 27 registered importers listed to sell vegetables, for instance. He distinguished this from those in the South who have ended trade across the closed Guatemala border and as a result, have had just one case across the entire Toledo District.
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