Posted: Monday, August 23, 2021. 5:56 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Cattle exports to Mexico will be continuing in September, this according to officials in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE).
Two hundred and forty-three (243) head of cattle are under quarantine since July 26 at John Wall’s Farm in KaKabish at Shipyard in the Orange Walk District and are being readied for export.
According to Belarmino Esquivel, Principal Agriculture Office and Livestock Director at the Ministry, these cattle are expected to be officially exported to Mexico by the middle of September 2021.
Esquivel said the initiative is being closely coordinated by the Cattle Industry Stakeholders Committee comprised of the Ministry of Agriculture as the Lead, representatives from the Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA), the Belize Animal Health Authority (BAHA), and OIRSA. Before exportation the animals have to be approved by Mexico’s animal health authority, Senasica.
In early July, 434 head of cattle with an approximate value of $500 thousand were exported to Mexican company SuKarne. Incidentally, MAFSE Minister Jose Abelardo Mai and a Belize delegation recently visited Michoacán where SuKarne has its base and he was able to confirm that the Belize cattle are further fattened, slaughtered and the beef meat subsequently sold to Canada. Mai said SuKarne is very satisfied with the quality of Belizean cattle.
The state of Michoacán is approximately 1,250 miles from the Belize-Mexico border.
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