Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2022. 4:08 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Today, the United States Embassy in Belmopan handed over a cheque valued at over $226,000 to the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise.
The donation was handed over by Andie De Arment of the US Embassy and received by Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai, forms a part of the support given to the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the ongoing medfly program.
“The cheque is part of the support provided to the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the ongoing medfly program,” the Ministry said. “The medfly program helps control the Mediterranean fruit fly, a pest that affects fruits specifically and can be devastating to agriculture. Belize is Medfly-free so far.”
The funds will be used to increase BAHA’s capabilities in the areas of monitoring and surveillance. The Ministry has already purchased two Isuzu pickup trucks to further that objective.
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