Brook’s Tropicals, which is the parent company for Fruta Bomba & Belize Food Packers Ltd., has officially informed the Ministry of Labour of its intention to close its growing and packaging operations in Belize, over the next six (6) months. As we have reported, this closure will result in the termination of approximately two hundred and fifty (250) employees. The company states that despite substantial efforts to rebuild and make its operations profitable in Belize they have suffered financial loss, which has now forced them to close. Friday February 19, 2016 the Company laid off a total of one hundred and twenty three (123) employees. According to the Ministry of Labour, they are currently working closely with the management of the company and the affected employees, to ensure that the legal requirements under redundancy are complied with and most importantly that the wages and terminal benefits due to all employees by law are paid. The ministry of labor says it encourages all affected workers to visit the office in order to verify their payments.