Ministry of Agriculture responds to carrot Farmers’ complaints

vlcsnap-2016-01-11-09h38m19s763Today the Ministry of Agriculture released a press release concerning the famers of Orange Walk and their rotting carrots. Yesterday we told vlcsnap-2016-01-11-09h38m02s956you about the farmers of San Carlos village in the Orange Walk District who find themselves with large quantities of rotting carrots  due to the market selling imported carrots instead of theirs. The farmers claim that the Ministry of Agriculture told them that they would stop issuing import license on carrots from 15th of December 2015, but the farmers say that license are still being issued.  The Ministry of Agriculture responded in a press release today saying, and we quote “The importation of fresh vegetables is necessary to supplement domestic production as Belize does not have sufficient year round production. Importation is usually carefully timed to avoid oversupply or shortage of produce. There are periods when both imported and domestic products are on the market, usually at the start of or at the end of harvest. This period is most difficult to manage as a third factor -illegal contraband -imports also affect supply.The release goes on to say,“The current problem being experienced by the carrot producers in San Carlos, Orange Walk District is being thoroughly examined to determine the cause, the impact and corrective measures necessary. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development sincerely regrets any loss of production, especially to small farmers.” End quote.vlcsnap-2016-01-11-09h37m50s574

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