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‘Agriculture is the pillar of Belize’s economy’ – Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Mai

Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2023. 1:39 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Government of Belize Press Office

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: In recognition of the work done by the Farmers of the Year (Women’s Farmer Esmeralda Stanley, Men’s Farmer Adrian Bartley, and Junior Farmer Axel Perez), the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Mai said agriculture is the pillar of Belize’s economy. Minister Mai was speaking at the opening of the National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) on Friday.

“The achievements, successes and contributions of these Farmers of the Year, when combined with that of the numerous farmers that span the length and breadth of Belize, provide clear evidence that agriculture is the pillar of the Belizean economy and plays a crucial role in feeding and growing Belize,” Minister Mai said.

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Mai (Photo Credit: Government of Belize Press Office)

“This is no more evident by the fact that agriculture contributes about 80% of our total exports and employs 16.8% of the total employed labour force. In small change, agriculture is to the Belizean economy as the foundation and columns are to a house. A house built without a good foundation or with no columns will not support a second or third floor, in fact, that house will be easy to crumble.’

Minister Mai then made a plea for all Belizeans to give agriculture its rightful place.

“Politicians from the PUP, the UDP and other political parties, individuals from different ethnic groups in Belize, Belizeans young and old, I urge you to pay heed to the call of putting agriculture in its rightful place.”

 

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