The official opening ceremony for the Agriculture and Trade Show 2014 kicked off at the show grounds at 3:55 pm and after the inspection of the Guard of Honour by the Governor General Sir Colville Young, the National Anthem was sung accompanied by the Panerrifix Steel Band.
The event proceeded with the Invocation which was followed by the Welcome Address by our very one Simeon Lopez, Mayor of Belmopan.
“Every year at this time, the city of Belmopan becomes a beehive of activity as the National Agriculture and Trade Show kicks off. Over this weekend, we can expect literally thousands of people traversing the city on these grounds. The display booths have all been neatly set up to afford easier access to the people who go around these grounds. The National Agriculture and Trade Show committee needs to be commended for setting up an even more orderly facility this year. As the years go on, it will be even more orderly until eventually it becomes a showpiece of our nation”.
Alvin Henderson is currently the Managing Director and Founding Shareholder of Royal Mayan Shrimp Farms Ltd. which produces three million pounds of shrimp yearly and has also been involved in several large Agricultural projects in Belize. He was the guest at today’s opening ceremony
“We secure high quality products destined for a well defined niche market. This is how Belize Shrimp Industry is able to compete in the same market space with countries like Ecuador which has almost 395,000 acres on the production, compared to Belize’s 3, 000 acres of production. We need more of what I refer to as Centers of Innovation within the private sector. It is one of the key components that would allow us to aggressively expand our export base with new agricultural offerings. A Center of Innovation within our industry would be a large investor with deep pockets that is able to bring production and processing technologies to the table. As long as their investments are sociably responsible and environmentally sustainable, we should not fear these large operations, no matter if the capital base is local or the results are foreign direct investments”.
The event moved on with the Sashing of the three farmers of the Year which were won by Deiny Jones, Junior farmer of Cayo District, Angelica Dubon, Women Farmer, of Toledo District and Felix Esquivel, Senior Farer of Corozal District. The National Agriculture and Trade Show grounds opens up to the public tomorrow from 7:00 am to midnight and on Sunday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Plus TV will be bringing you live coverage of the Rodeo Competition and the rest of the day’s activities.