Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2021. 7:32 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize has exported over 20,000 heads of cattle valued at $30 million said Міnіѕtеr оf Аgrісulturе, Fооd Ѕесurіtу, аnd Еntеrрrіѕе Јоѕе Аbеlаrdо Маі on Friday during his Budget presentation in the House of Representatives in Belmopan.
“Since November 12, 2020, up to April 6th, 2021, the country has exported 20,543 heads of cattle,” Mai said. “16,827 through the western border and 3,716 heads of cattle through the southern border at Jalacte.”
“This exportation has generated $29,581,920 for cattle farmers.”
Mai said that the cattle industry is second now to the sugar industry and that Orange Walk is the largest producer of cattle in the country.
“Our exports, well managed, can be as high as $50M annually.” Mai added, “That is why the Ministry’s director of livestock is developing a comprehensive national plan that will see this industry grow.”
Mai said that when the cattle exports were stopped, farmers suffered.
“How could anyone deprive farmers of generating $30 million?” Mai said. “Farmers were losing their homes, their farms because they could not market their cattle. Farmhands were sent home, no job, no money, no food for their family.”
Just yesterday, 450 heads of cattle were vaccinated and are now in quarantine at the farm of Johan Wall in Shipyard to prepare them for exportation to Mexico.
“We continue to export cattle to Mexico,” Mai said. “We are in the process of certifying two more farms for animal quarantine prior to export.”
“At the same time, we are seeking ways to lower the cost of export, the cost of quarantine, and other associated costs of exportation.”
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