By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belize Marketing and Development Corporation’s (BMDC) rice mill in Punta Gorda is operational and rice production in the South is experiencing a revival, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) in a social media post.
MAFSE said in a post on Tuesday that past plans to shelve the mill, which it refers to as a multi-million-dollar investment, were put away by the present government, and the mill is doing quite well serving the rice farmers in that area of the country.
“Today the rice mill is churning out our high-quality Belizean rice, and the small farmers of the area have crops they can sell. Incomes are being generated and life is better for those Toledo farmers,” said the MAFSE post.
“Rice Production in the Toledo and Stann Creek area has benefited from direct assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture which offers high-level technical support throughout the production process. With the guidance of the Ministry and its multiple partners, rice production in the south is experiencing a highly awaited improvement in the quality of paddy being produced.”
Both traditional milpa farmers and mechanized farmers deliver paddy for milling to the BMDC mill.
MAFSE congratulated BMDC Managing Director Valentin Carrillo and all the BMDC staff for their foresight and hard work.
“It is forward thinking like this that helps lead the economic recovery of our country and brings PlanBelize to action,” said MAFSE.