According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, the Agricultural sector, which is the backbone for our country’s revenues, had once again reduced its contribution to Belize’s Gross Domestic Product. This time, it was a much more significant decrease of 3.4%, from 2010 to 2011. One is left to plunder, how can we now address such dilemma?
With this sector being one of utmost importance to our country, necessary attention must be given particularly, by the primary stakeholders. Whether we are talking about the producers, processors, health authority, NGO’s, policy makers, or just the everyday consumer, we must ensure a quick rebound of this sector.
As producers, capitalize on your land, embrace capacity building and reap the best fruits from your land. One way to do this is by engaging in multi-cropping, that is, cultivating two or more crops in the same space, at the same time. Multi-cropping can be done with tomatoes and cabbages, ocro and yams, sweet pepper and cucumber, or even lime and oranges; by the end of the day, these will lead to the intensification of land use; and division of production cost between these products.
Apart from farmers playing their role, it should in the best interest of policy makers, to provide positive incentives to these farmers, in order for them to be able to increase their production. One such incentive can be in the form of land, increasing producers’ access to land, would certainly expand these producers cultivated area and increase their level of production, which will create employment for Belizeans. Continue reading “How Can Belize Reap The Best Fruits From Our Agricultural Sector?”