Farmers in La Gracia village, Cayo fear that thousands of sacks of carrots may go unsold and rot. The cause of this would be the importation of Mexican carrots into the Belizean market. It has been the same story since in 2017. BBN broke the story of the potato crisis that farmers were facing due to the massive importation of potato.
Farmers of the village shared their frustration on this on-going issue. La Gracia is made up of hard-working farmers who cultivate the land by planting potatoes, carrots, beans, and corn. Farming is a family business at this community and the only source of income for most families.
One of the farmers told BNN that his losses amount to over $15,000 or about 20,000 pounds of carrots that are getting rotten. The farmers estimate a total investment was necessary of over $50,000 to harvest the produce.
The farmers are seeking the assistance of the public in buying locally made produce to support local farmers. They are now also making a plea to the Minister of Agriculture to do something about this situation because they cannot afford to lose all that they have invested.