Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2021. 1:13 pm CST.
By Hugh O’Brien: After the recent exportation of 243 heads of cattle in late August, Breaking Belize News (BBN) has confirmed that another 178 heads of cattle are being readied for export to Mexico. This latest stock of animals were officially placed in quarantine in Blue Creek in the Orange Walk district on September 6th.
In an exclusive interview with BBN, Belarmino Esquivel, Principal Agriculture Office and Director of Livestock Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) said that “the expected date of export of these animals is somewhere between the 27th and 30th of September”. According to Esquivel, this new shipment is expected to earn just around $120,000 in foreign exchange.
Once this shipment goes through before the end of September, it would be three (3) consecutive months that a shipment of cattle was formally exported to the SuKarne, a Mexican company. In August, 243 heads were exported from Shipyard in the Orange Walk district, and in July, 434 heads were also exported to Mexico.
“With every export we are gaining experience and with time the export process is expected to become easier, especially following the meeting earlier this year between our Minister of Agriculture, Jose Abelardo Mai, the Mexican Minister of Agriculture and SENASICA, Mexico’s animal health authority”, Esquivel told BBN. During the meeting held between the two Ministers, Mexican Minister of Agriculture promised to put in place modified procedures to facilitate the importation of Belizean cattle into Mexico.
Last month, Minister Mai led a Belize delegation that visited the SuKarne headquarters in Michoacán, located approximately 1,250 miles from the Belize-Mexico border. There Minister Mai and his team confirmed that the Belize cattle are slaughtered and the beef meat obtained is sold to Canada. Mai said SuKarne was very satisfied with the quality of beef obtained from the cattle they are importing from Belize.
When asked how he feels about his new role as the Director of Livestock in the Ministry, Esquivel bragged “I am happy with my new role in the restructured Ministry, and am excited to be coordinating the formal export of cattle to Mexico especially since this initiative is earning much needed foreign exchange and contributing to our country’s economic recovery”.
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