Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2023. 11:56 am CST.
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By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS), Belize’s biggest agriculture and trade show, is already in full swing. Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise, Agric, as Belizeans call the show, was officially open on Friday.
Farmers and farming-related businesses all congregate at the Agric Show Grounds in Belmopan, next to Roaring Creek, for the weekend attracting thousands of visitors. In 2022, after the COVID-19 break, over 29,000 people flocked to ‘Agric’.
Apart from all the agricultural, commercial, and industrial booths, the rodeo attracts a lot of attention on Saturday and Sunday with the thousands of visitors looking for a good bargain, good food, and expecting to meet friends or make new ones.
While the Farmers of the Year, namely Women’s Farmer Esmeralda Stanley, Men’s Farmer Adrian Bartley, and Junior Farmer Axel Perez, were recognized yesterday, another ceremony to honour them was held this morning.
“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,” Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai said applauding the Farmers of the Year during the opening.
Apart from all the agricultural, commercial and industrial displays, NATS features the rodeo and livestock shows and entertainment activities.
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