Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020. 2:25 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Former Minister of Agriculture, Servulo Baeza has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Agriculture. Baeza served as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries from 2003 to 2005 and will now serve as CEO to newly sworn in Minister of Agriculture, Jose Abelardo Mai.
During the time Servulo Baeza was agriculture Minister, Mai served as Director of Marketing and Agro-Processing. Therefore, Baeza was Mai’s boss during those years and in 2020, Baeza will now serve with Mai being his boss.
Mai takes over the Ministry at a time when the agricultural sector suffered massive losses between 2019-2020 due to extreme drought conditions, that cost farmers over $52 million in damages.
Mai also is expected to lead Belize’s agriculture development during the COVID-19 global pandemic which has caused several economic challenges for Belize, including a severe shortage of foreign exchange that worsens by the day.
With exports earning some $400 million last year, there will be increased pressure for industries, particularly in agriculture, to increase their performance. Dwindling petroleum exports also means increased pressure for the country to diversify and find more export-oriented industries.
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