Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 4:23 pm CST.
Photo Credit: MAFSE
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Two hundred and fifty-one head of cattle are being exported today to Mexico.
Mexico importer SuKarne is paying approximately $267,000 for the 140,456 pounds the cattle weigh. said Belarmino Esquivel, Principal Agriculture Office and Livestock Director at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).
SuKarne is paying the livestock farmers $1.90 per pound.
For the cattle to be exported to Mexico, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) checks each animal to make sure they are free of diseases, such as brucellosis and tuberculosis. The animals are then quarantined for at least 21 days before the Mexican agricultural health authority, Senasica, sends an inspector to give the final go ahead. SuKarne, which sends its trucks to transport the animals, then loads them and off the animals go to Michoacán, Mexico, via the Belize-Mexico border at Santa Elena.
From September 1, 2020, to February 28, 2022, 3,614 head of cattle, with a total value of BZ$ 3,469,440.00, were exported to Mexico from Orange Walk, the only district Senasica has authorized for exports to Mexico so far.
Additionally, from November 21, 2022, to December 2022, Belize exported 45,953 head of cattle to Guatemala bringing in BZ$ 44,114,880.00 in export earnings.
The cumulative cattle exports to Guatemala and Mexico totaled 49,567 head of cattle with a value of BZ$47,584,320.00 in export earnings, said MAFSE.
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