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Agricultural sector getting upgrades

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

The Government of Belize this week announced that it is making strides to improve the country’s agricultural sector, through international cooperations.

The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), called out to agricultural sector representatives this week to attend its upcoming “National Dialogue on the importance of Quality Infrastructure (QI-Standards, Metrology, Testing, Certification and Accreditation) to the Agriculture sector in Belize.”

The event is to be held on June 16 in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) with support from the German Metrology Institute, Physikalisch-Techische Bundesanstalt (PTB).

According to Rudolfo Gutierrez, consumer protection liaison officer with the BBS, participants will be able to share with the Bureau what are some of the much needed areas of importance and support that they will require from the Bureau as the body responsible for the provision of QI services.

“In essence, it will provide the Bureau with an opportunity to be more cognizant of the immediate demands and expectations of the agriculture sector in planning for its current and future infrastructure development,” Gutierrez said.

Another boon to the sector is Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega’s return from a visit to Mexico City, aimed at increasing cooperation between Belize and Mexico in the agriculture sector. The DPM, along with Chief Executive Officer for Agriculture, Jose Alpuche and the Ambassador of Belize to Mexico, and BAHA Managing Director Emir Cruz met with Mexican Secretary of Agriculture Enrique Martinez to discuss bilateral cooperation as well as regional cooperation initiatives.

They discussed areas identified for bilateral cooperation, including market facilitation for cattle, a macro drainage and irrigation plan for northern Belize and increased collaboration in agriculture health issues.

Both Ministers agreed to reconvene in Belize at a later date, at which time they will invite their Guatemalan counterpart to join in discussing cooperation among the three countries.

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