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Agriculture Department Says Farmers in Belize Are Breaking Carrot Production Records; rising prices for farmers



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Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2022. 9:55 PM CST.

By Ruben Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) says Belizean farmers now produce enough carrots to supply the local market for ten months of the year instead of six.

“For the first time in Belize’s history, carrot farmers are on track to produce enough carrots to supply the local market for up to 10 months, using improved farming technologies and practices and new varieties. “, MAFSE said in a press release on Thursday.

“Until 2020, farmers could only supply the local market with carrots for six months.”

“A total of 2.12 million pounds of carrots are produced across the country on 206.5 acres during the 10 month period. The ministry commends the efforts of local farmers, especially in the carrot-growing communities of Concepcion, Cristo Rey, Patchakan and Xaibe in Corozal; San Carlos and the Orange Walk Indian Church; La Gracia, Seven Miles and San Antonio in Cayo; and Roseville to Stann Creek, for their ability to work together to achieve this milestone.

While Minister Jose Abelardo Mai said oversupply has slowed the market, the ministry says the oversupply is not massive.

“The ministry is categorical in stating that at present there is no massive oversupply of carrots, only a shift in supply from the rest of the country to San Carlos and Concepcion,” MAFSE said.

The Ministry of Agriculture said that it is normal to have losses and that farmers are now selling their products at better prices.

“Carrot growers in the various carrot growing regions of the country in Corozal, Orange Walk Cayo and Stann Creek have experienced seasonal and temporary fluctuations in the demand and price of their product, with prices currently on the rise,” said said the MAFSE.

“The ministry notes that it is normal to have between 3% and 5% carrot losses in the field. Any attempt to mislead the Belizean public is pure political mischief and recklessness,” MAFSE said.

“The fact that wholesale carrot prices on the farm have increased slightly over the past week or two, from 35 to 40 cents per pound to between 50 and 60 cents per pound, is evidence that there is no “There is no massive oversupply as claimed in some circles. . Retail prices in markets across the country remain at around $1.50 a pound.”

The Ministry of Agriculture also said the imported carrots must be contraband as it did not issue any new import permits.

“Since October 2021, the ministry has not issued any new import permits for carrots. Any imported carrot that ends up on the local market would therefore be smuggled. With the help of other government agencies, the ministry hopes to deter this practice,” MAFSE said.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise said it encouraged Belizeans to continue to support “local, hardworking and rural farmers who provide food security in the country”.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s press release says the new carrot season begins in October and its extension service is preparing for it by working hand-in-hand with farmers “to schedule production and avoid possible over and undersupply”.

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