The Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) has been given a torrid time by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the buffer zone lining the George Price Highway in a corn-growing project. In fact, it is under an injunction barring its trespass in the zone. But the Ministry of Agriculture, which has been allied with the Ministry of Natural Resources since 2012, says it does support the agricultural aspect of the project.
While noting that there are no plans at this time to meet with BGYEA, CEO in the Ministry Jose Alpuche reiterated that support in speaking with reporters today, while distinguishing activities in Harmonyville itself from those in the Buffer Zone.
“I don’t think the issue of the buffer zone is one of agricultural production. Look, I think the majority of the Belizean public support for the concept of the BGYEA and the Harmonyville and the development; I think what we have is quite frankly a tricky situation where assets not owned by a particular party have been contracted out to others. That’s at the end of the day the long and short of the problem at this point in time. I really don’t want it to be an agriculture thing because it is not an agriculture issue. As it relates to the development to the land held by the individuals of Harmonyville, of course, we would be more than happy to assist them in any way to put the land into productive use”.
The case for the injunction takes place next week.