By Benjamin Flowers: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is coining a new regional standard for composting and is inviting agricultural professionals in Belize to be a part of the process.
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) announced today, via social media, that Belize is invited to participate in the process, and encouraged those interested to send their contact information to [email protected] or call at 822 0446 on or before 22nd July 2022.
“Agriculture industry experts in Belize involved in composting are invited to submit your expression of interest for participation in the development of the regional compost standard to address the transformation of agricultural waste into high-quality compost products with the objective of meeting international standards to protect the health and safety of our food system while creating a sustainable compost industry within CARICOM,” the BBS said.
The BBS explained that the agricultural waste for the compost will only include inputs from animal and plant materials to ensure that: there are clear and measurable goals, that there is transparency and harmonization of requirements/specifications, and that enterprises receive assistance in benchmarking and developing products that are aligned to the needs of the end-user.
The bureau also noted that the purpose of the standard is to ensure an environmentally safe product that will not make the environment any worse off than before. CARICOM also hopes to increase confidence in the marketability of the product, increase cross-border trade, increase revenue, and provide an additional source of revenue.
“The conversion of solid organic waste particularly at the farm level will also reduce the incidence of pests and diseases as a result of increased sanitation and sustaining the bioeconomy by converting waste into value-added products,” the BBS added.