SAN CARLOS, Orange Walk District, Wed. Feb. 6, 2019– Mexican potatoes should have disappeared from the Belizean marketplace three weeks ago to allow local potato farmers a chance to sell their produce, but it’s bad news for our local farmers, as the market is presently still saturated with potatoes from Mexico.
Hon. Abelardo Mai, area representative for Orange Walk Southeast, said that a meeting was held with the farmers on January 11, and the farmers were informed that the last permit to import Mexican potatoes was issued on January 11.
This permit was for 2 week, and the produce imported should have been consumed by January 28, leaving the market open for local potatoes for the next 8 weeks.
Mai said that potato farmers in San Carlos, which is in his area, can supply enough potatoes for the Belize market per week, and it was a reasonable expectation that no Mexican potatoes would be on the market at this time.