Last Friday in the sitting of the House of Representatives, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega announced that there have been some good progress as it relates to livestock in Belize. Vega said that livestock producers are now able to export live cattle to neighboring Guatemala. Here is what he announced at the House sitting on Friday.


Screen_Shot_2014-09-08_at_7.45.59_PMGaspar Vega – Deputy Prime Minister of Belize


“Last week the Belize Agriculture health Authority, also known as BAHA and the directorate for animal health of the Guatemalan Ministry of agriculture signed an agreement governing the export of cattle to Guatemala and we are now working with the cattle producers to begin formal exports of lives animals into Guatemala. We expect that this new entry into Guatemala will hold a demand for Belizean beef and will certainly benefit our farmers and in extension the economy of our entire country.”


Vega adds that last year similar arrangements were signed with Mexico and farmers have begun seeing the benefits of this. The Minister also announced that through collaborated efforts of the Ministry and the private sector, Royal Mayan Shrimp is now exporting shrimp to Guatemala.

 

This began since June of this year when the company obtained certification from that country and already the company has exported ten containers which sums up to a little over 2.6 million Belize dollars, Vega announced.

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