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Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2021. 1:31 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: On Friday, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, Jose Mai met with Efrain Medina Guerra, executive director of OIRSA.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss technical cooperation between both entities.

Key issues discussed included regional projects implemented in Belize, local projects financed by OIRSA, and a project proposal submitted to the ministry for approval.

“Also discussed was the giant African snail that was recently detected in Costa Rica, raising alarm for other member countries. The presence of this pest triggered a declaration of a regional emergency to control and prevent its spread,” the ministry said.

OIRSA has assigned financial resources to train a technician from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) in entomology to assist with the diagnostic capacity of plant health.

Also present for the meeting were Fermin Blanco, country representative for OIRSA in Belize;  Francisco Gutierrez, director of BAHA; Marco Castro, financial controller of OIRSA; Abelardo de Gracia, regional animal health director; and Raul Rodas, regional director for quarantine services.

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