Posted: Friday, July 9, 2021. 4:47 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Senasica, Mexico’s health authority, will work with the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) to develop a protocol for the exportation of certified cattle to Mexico.
The agreement results from the bilateral meeting in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, between the Mexico Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula and the Belize Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai on Thursday.
According to the Mexico Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development communiqué, the ministers agreed that Senasica and BAHA will work together to develop a protocol for the exportation of certified cattle similar to an agreement Mexico has with Guatemala. This agreement will allow movement into Mexico of animals that are free of tuberculosis and brucellosis to be taken to certified slaughterhouses in Mexico.
The Senasica director, Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, said that Belize has advanced in the certification of areas free of both diseases. Trujillo said the importation of cattle from Belize into Mexico will only depend on clinical tests to verify the good health of the herds and a guarantee that the cattle has not been in contact with wild animals which can harbour viruses and bacteria.
As to technical cooperation, Senasica’s experience is available to Belizean animal health technicians. The Mexico Ministry of Agriculture communiqué said the laboratories operated by Senasica, including National Center of Animal Health Diagnostic Services (Cenasa), recognized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a World Reference Center, are also available to the Belizean animal health technicians.
Regarding genetic improvement, for the General Coordinator for Cattle in the Mexico Ministry of Agriculture, Arturo Macosay Córdoba, said that Mexico has several varieties of European and Zebu cattle breeds that have extraordinary genetic potential as well as facilities for embryonic improvement which can strengthen the Belizean cattle industry.
In thanking the Mexico Ministry of Agriculture for the cooperation, Minister Mai said that like Mexico, the government of Belize has given particular importance to agriculture and agro-processing programs to help the small and medium producers who cultivate small agricultural and livestock farms.
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