Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2021. 11:54 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: Prime Minister John Briceno says that his new administration has set forth a new vision and focus for agriculture in Belize with Minister Jose Mai.
According to PM Briceno, no tax is levied on cattle or any other exports from Belize and in the case of cattle the country benefits as the sale brings in foreign currency into Belize. The PM added that the sale of cattle continues and farmers countrywide are paying their fees to BAHA, to the Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA) as well as their income/business tax to the government.
In addition, former agriculture CEO Hugh O’Brien is leading a newly formed citrus working group free-of-cost-, the PM announced.
The group is tasked with analyzing the present situation with regards to the citrus industry in light of record low production, citrus greening and other diseases, financial constraints, and other local and international challenges and present proposals for reform and recommendations to revive the citrus industry.
The citrus industry is facing numerous challenges.
“Minister Jose Mai believes that given the right environment and leadership, the industry can be both revived and diversified,” the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise stated.
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