Belize: Ministry of Agriculture investigates purple onion contraband

Belize’s Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, Jose Abelardo Mai, says contraband purple onions are being sold in the Belizean market. His Ministry has started investigating after farmer Santiago Che of Cristo Rey in Corozal said he couldn’t sell his onions because the Ministry was flooding the market with imported onions. This weekend, Minister Mai visited Che and promised him he would investigate the situation while advising him that he also had to properly cure and dry his onions before putting them on the market.

Mai said in an interview that according to MAFSE’S report issued on December 21, 2021, there were 8,000 pounds of purple onions on the market and that number had only gone down by 1,000 pounds to 7,000 by Monday January 10, when the Ministry’s officers made a countrywide check.


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