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Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2020. 6:10 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize (GOB) announced today that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFES) has concluded a two-day planning exercise, geared towards restructuring the Ministry for optimal operational efficiency.

The gathering of  leading members of the different agro-industrial sectors in Belize took place at the  MAFES conference room in Belmopan.

“The main aim of the exercise was to ensure that there is a clear alignment of goals for all sectors under the Ministry for the short, medium and long term, as well as strategies to achieve these goals, and that resources in the Ministry, both material and human, are optimized,” the MAFES said.

The Ministry also noted that the planning session followed a number of familiarization tours undertaken by Minister Jose Mai and his senior management team. The MAFES said that the tours helped the Minister realize that several changes need to be made to assist the industry in recovering post-COVID-19.

“With the Government of Belize’s commitment to ensure that agriculture plays a key role in the rejuvenation of the economy, the Ministry needs to ensure that the way forward embraces a plan where key players and sectors are activated for optimal production,” the Ministry added.

GOB said that the restructuring for optimization of the MAFES, falls in line with promises made during the recently concluded elections campaigns, to “increase, diversify and sustain agricultural production, food security, income and employment generation in Belize.” GOB plans to engage a larger group of stakeholders, once the restructuring plan has been completed.

Belize’s agricultural sector has been embattled in recent years, with key industries fighting breakouts of disease, the worst drought on record which began back in 2019, and erratic weather conditions which caused the loss of millions of dollars worth of crops earlier this year.

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