Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2021. 3:27 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize is looking for another market to export beef, and El Salvador might be it.
“Well, the Minister was thinking about beef also, meat carcass. That’s something we’d like to explore too,” said Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai who last week met with El Salvador Agriculture Minister David Martinez in El Salvador to discuss the possibility of initiating exports to El Salvador.
“They don’t eat too much pork, they’re heavy consumers of beef,” said Minister Mai hopeful that Belize will soon be able to export beef, fruits, and vegetables to El Salvador.
Already Belize exports live cattle to Mexico and Guatemala and has reached an agreement to export beef to Taiwan. If El Salvador is willing, Belize will have another market for the Belize Livestock Producers Association. “Cattle export going according to schedule this morning at Blue Creek … this morning 166 animals are being loaded on the semi-trailers to be taken to the Northern border and beyond, all under the SUKARNE banner,” posted the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) on Facebook on Thursday.
Recently, Belize has exported 1,642 head of cattle exported with a value of approximately $1.5 million, according to MAFSE.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise is making strides as it hopes to also export fruits and vegetables to El Salvador. During his exploratory visit last week, Minister Mai and his staff collected data which they are now cataloging to see what Belizean products have the best probability of being exported to the neighboring Central American country.
“Right of the top I can tell you that we can export watermelon, carrots, ginger, potatoes, and even tomatoes, we can compete with,” said Minister Mai.
El Salvador imports 85 percent of what it consumes and appears a good market for Belize according to Minister Mai.
“Our trip was not in vain as we learned a lot and are returning with the expectation that soon, very soon we will be able to export our Agriculture products into El Salvador similarly as we have been importing certain goods for years from them,” said Minister Mai on social media.
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