Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2022. 5:45 pm CST.
Photo Credit: MAFSE
By Rubén Morales Iglesias
Belize will soon start exporting vegetables to El Salvador, said the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai who traveled to El Salvador on Monday to promote samples of Belizean agricultural products sent to El Salvador last week and to look for markets for those products in El Salvador.
“Our samples were very well accepted by El Salvador Importers. Our products are of fine quality and can compete with other products found on the market in El Salvador,” said Minister Mai in a social media post on Wednesday.’
“The time spent at “La Tiendona” was well invested and yielded good results. The first shipment to El Salvador will be done by BMDC (Belize Marketing Development Corporation) in the next coming weeks.”
“In the next few days, BMDC will be busy organizing the first two containers of products to be shipped to El Salvador.
The products that Mai and the delegation promoted in El Salvador at two venues on Tuesday and Wednesday included carrots, onions, potatoes, watermelons, oranges, pineapples, ginger, and yellow corn.
The MAFSE delegation met with importers from CQ Inversiones and Fruvesa on Tuesday. On Wednesday they met with four importers at the Wholesale Market La Tiendona (Big Store).
“As we commence our drive back home and with a great sense of satisfaction. We ask God to keep us safe,” said Minister Mai who travelled to El Salvador on Monday with a delegation which includes by Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE), Milagro Matus; the Belize Marketing Development Corporation (BMDC) Managing Director Valentin Carrillo; the BMDC marketing officer Sergio Tillett, and three farmers’ leaders from several of the production areas, namely Julio Perez and Luis Gonzalez, Farmer from Orange Walk, and Edgar Fuentes from Cayo.
Minister Mai said he was very appreciative of Belize’s Ambassador to El Salvador Cherie Nisbet “for providing us with important information and logistical support while in El Salvador”.
He also thanked the BMDC staff and his staff at the Ministry of Agriculture for their support.
The Belizean delegation is traveling by land from El Salvador to Belize via Guatemala and should arrive here on Thursday.
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