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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2024. 10:22 am CST.

Kent Diaz, Arden Edwards, Peter Fehr – Photo Credit: BLPA

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA) elected three new Board members on Saturday at the 45th BLPA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the BLPA headquarters in Belmopan.

At the moment, Chairman Jefferey Reimer continues to lead the BLPA, but a new Chairman of the Board will be selected at the next Board meeting.

Out of the more than 600 attendees 416 had the right to vote. 414 cast their votes. They elected Arden Edwards from Toledo with 333 votes, Peter Fehr from Shipyard with 328, and Kent Diaz from Stann Creek with 305, over Manuel Vasquez (90), Gomer Enriquez (68), and Otto Penner (39).

All voting members had the right to vote for three of the six candidates.

At the BPLA AGM, Prime Minister John Briceño acknowledged the livestock industry’s significant contributions to Belize’s national development.

“The Prime Minister spoke of the crucial contributions of the livestock industry to Belize’s national development and reiterated his administration’s commitment to making the industry more productive, competitive, and sustainable,” the Government of Belize Press Office said.

Additionally, during the AGM, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) provided updates on its measures to contain the entry of the New World screwworm into Belize after an outbreak in Costa Rica and on the requirements to export cattle to Mexico.

The BLPA expressed gratitude to farmers and businesses who participated in their successful AGM.


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