By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize and Guatemala are holding the first technical meeting to discuss cooperation in agriculture.
The Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise, Jose Abelardo Mai is hosting Guatemala’s Vice Minister of Agriculture for the Peten Department Elmer Oliva Pacheco during the two-day technical meeting in Belmopan.
The Guatemalan Vice Minister is here at the invitation of Minister Mai, who continues looking for markets for Belize’s products. Belize already exports livestock and grains, mainly corn, to Guatemala, while it imports several products from the neighbouring country as well.
“The purpose of the visit is for the delegation to have a first-hand knowledge on what Belize is doing in relation to the Agriculture projects being implemented, as well as establish linkages between both Ministries for future cooperation since Belize and Peten share the similar geographic conditions,” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).
Today the two sides were reviewing the programs and projects that MAFSE has been working on, as well as discussing cooperation between both Agriculture Ministries.
On Friday, the Guatemalan delegation will tour the Central Farm Agriculture Station.
Vice Minister Oliva Pacheco is accompanied by the Peten Chief Agriculture Officer Juan Carlos Barquín, the Peten Director of Agricultural Development Maynor Arévalo Dubón, and the Chief of the Peten Rural Agricultural Extension Service Mynor Adelbi Méndez López.
Oliva Pacheco, who is an agronomist, was sworn in as Agriculture Vice Minister for Peten in Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA) on September 1, 2021.