Posted: Friday, May 20, 2022. 6:13 pm CST.
By Hugh O’Brien: The Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC) is showing off a number of Belizean products at the CARICOM Agri-Investment Expo being held in Georgetown, Guyana from May 19-21.
Products on display at the Expo include Marie Sharp’s pepper sauces, Cuellos and Travellers rum, consumption ready sugar from ASR/BSI, honey and rice from the BMDC, chocolate made locally from cacao grown in Toledo, and a number of other locally manufactured products.
The Managing Director of the BMDC, Valentin Carillo is at the event promoting these local products, and is being supported by the Director of Policy in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, Milagro Matus. Carillo is looking to expand the role of the BMDC by supporting local agro-processors get their products into the Caribbean market and in so doing assist with achieving the regional goal and targets set by the leaders of CARICOM to reduce the region’s food import bill and promote inter-CARICOM trade.
Prime Minister of Belize, John Briceño, who is also the current Chair of CARICOM, is leading Belize’s delegation to the Agri-Investment Forum and Summit. The delegates include Agriculture Minister Jose Mai, Cabinet Secretary Stuart Leslie and others.
Currently, CARICOM’s food import bill is over US$6 billion per year and member states are aiming to reduce this by 25% by 2025.
Also attending the event and promoting Belize’s coconut water in the region is Big H Juices which operates out of San Ignacio, Cayo.
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