Belize to import broccoli and cauliflower after high demandStaff Writer | March 18, 2019
Broccoli and cauliflower are among commodities that can only be produced economically within Belize for a limited period every year.
LatAm A total of 4 hectares were planted of each commodity
The Government of Belize says that to meet local market demand, a total of 4 hectares were planted of each commodity, following a calendared planting schedule.
The Ministry of Agriculture provides technical guidance to ensure farmers follow appropriate agronomic practices with the objective for farmers to consistently produce the quantities and quality of these vegetables to meet consumer preference.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the production and supply of broccoli and cauliflower have decreased by at least 50% as the season comes to a close.
Considering that the supply is at 50%, the Ministry agreed for the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC) to meet the other half of the demand through imports.
The Government says that BMDC will prioritize and coordinate the marketing of local production and only make provisions to import the difference to meet the entire local demand.
The main objective is for farmers to sell all their local production while achieving consistent supply of weekly demand for broccoli and cauliflower in the entire country. ■