Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2021. 9:40 pm CST.
By Hugh O’Brien: Cattle exports from Belize to Guatemala via the border near Jalacte in Toledo is expected to receive a much needed boost after a corral was constructed in the Dump community to facilitate exports.
The corral was built by the Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA) at a cost of $28,000 and is located on land provided by the Ministry of Agriculture. The corral also comes with a cattle scale provided by BLPA.
To ensure the smooth coordination of cattle exports via the border near Jalacte, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise and the Belize Livestock Producers Association signed a memorandum of agreement for the use of a corral and cattle scale.
According to a Ministry of Agriculture release, “the memorandum covers areas such as maintenance and data gathering on cattle”. The release noted that “the corral will be used to hold cattle for trade, quarantine and educational purposes and should benefit cattle farmers in Toledo who participate in the export of cattle to Guatemala through Jalacte.”
Present for the signing of the memorandum were Servulo Baeza, CEO in the Ministry, and Ramon Galvez, chairman of the BLPA.
Since the beginning of January the cattle industry has earned over $40 million dollars in foreign exchange for Belize.
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