Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2021. 7:33 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) met with National Vegetable Stakeholders group at the Agriculture Showgrounds in Belmopan to review the national vegetable crop season 2021-2022 on sensitive crops like lettuce, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, and onion.
MAFSE said the discussions centered on these import-sensitive crops and that the country should see favorable production of these vegetable crops for the upcoming planting season, according to a press release by the Government of Belize Press Office.
“The detailed discussion highlighted a projected over-production of carrot from a total of 122 acres planted in 2020-2021 to approximately 212 acres for the 2021-2022 planting season, equivalent to a 74% increase,” said the statement.
“Efforts to absorb the bumper crop will include improved coordination and distribution between farmers and buyers, continued suspension of import permits as well as value-adding and processing of produce,” the release noted.
Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai encouraged the farmers and ministry officials to continue working together in order to improve the quality of food available to the Belizean consumer.
According to the Ministry, the meeting was attended by farmers and middlemen who committed to improve on product availability, quality, and suitable prices for consumers and market outlets.
MAFSE said it will continue working closely with its stakeholders as it sticks to its policy of supporting locally produced commodities through its “Buy Local” campaign.
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