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Belize gains export opportunities to Mexico during 2-day visit by Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2023. 10:36 am CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize has made gains in agriculture export opportunities with Mexico as a result of a two-day visit by Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai and a delegation to Mexico City, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).

“I am extremely happy with the outcome of the meetings, and I look forward to the export of shrimp to Mexico by August this year,” Minister Mai said in an exclusive interview with Breaking Belize News (BBN) at the end of very successful meetings with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture Villalobos Arámbula,

Minister Mai also said that plans are in motion to begin shipping dehusked green coconuts hopefully by the end of the year.

Mai and his delegation again met with Secretary Villalobos Arámbula, the Director and senior staff of Mexico’s Agricultural Health Service (Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad – Senasica), and representatives from Mexico’s Ministries of Agriculture and Trade.

MAFSE said Mexico has agreed to continue facilitating the smooth export of beef cattle and will provide full support for the resumption of shrimp exports from Belize to Mexico. The Mexican authorities have also opened the doors for Belize to export de-husked green coconuts.

Belize’s Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai and Mexico’s Agriculture Secretary Víctor Villalobos Arámbula. (Photo Credit:MAFSE)

Additionally, the procedure to set up the protocol for the export of soybean and soybean meal was put into motion. Minister Mai said Mexico is receptive to buying soybean from Belize once Belize has provided the information required by Senasica.

“BAHA has commenced working on this and should be ready in 4 weeks at which point Mexico will carry out the Pest Risk Assessment,” Mai said.

Mai and his delegation also discussed the success of the bilateral agricultural cooperation between Mexico and Belize that focuses on soursop, pitahaya (dragonfruit), soybean, and coconut.

MAFSE said that at the end of the discussions, Minister Mai and Secretary Villalobos committed to continue strengthening the agriculture cooperation program between the two countries.

Minister Mai was accompanied by Chief Executive Officer Servulo Baeza, Managing Director of BAHA Zoe Zetina, Director of Plant Health at BAHA Francisco Gutierrez, and Chairman of BAHA and Programme Director for Diversification Hugh O’Brien.

The Belize delegation left Belize on Monday, June 12 and returns on Wednesday, June 14.


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