Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021. 6:23 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: During the recent tour of the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center in Central Farm on Thursday, February 4th, Minister of Agriculture, Jose Abelardo Mai, announced that the price of the improved breeds of sheep will be slashed from $1,000 to $500. A male sheep to be used for breeding purposes will now cost the farmer $500 less than he was paying before and the females will cost no more than $400 each. Prior to this decision, the price of a male sheep was $1,000 and a female was $600.
In making the announcement, Minister Mai lamented that the technicians overseeing the project have made a request to adjust the prices over a year now, and the wheels of government bureaucracy has churned too slow in making a decision. As a result, he is making the decision to cut the price, especially since the cost of producing one of the improved sheep is below the $500 price that they will now be sold for.
Minister Mai committed that the new and lower prices will take effect on Monday, 8th February 2021.
The technicians working at the breeding center report to Breaking Belize News that farmers are already calling to take advantage of the new prices.
To date, 145 sheep have been sold to 47 farmers across Belize, but the project is a bit overstocked with marketable breeding animals due the high price that the animals were being sold to farmers.
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