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    Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture

    H.M. Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard, Belmopan, Belize, C.A.

    Ph: (501) 822-2241 /42   Fax: (501) 802-2333

    Email: secretary@mnra.gov.bz, ceo@mnra.gov.bz

    PRESS RELEASE

    1st April 2015

    The Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture and officials of the Ministry met with rice producers in Belmopan today 1st April 2015 to discuss the way forward with rice production in Belize.

    As a result, the following was agreed:

    1. The draft revised Standards for Rice will be finalized within one month.
    2. All rice sold on the domestic market will be pre-packed indicating origin, quantity and quality among other basic packaging requirements. This will be fully implemented within two months.
    3. Discussion commenced for a reduction of the price of rice to consumers with particular emphasis on a reduced price for a more affordable grade of rice to the public. The necessary cost of production survey and other studies will be completed and a revised price structure will be finalized within one month.

    This meeting was convened as part of the ongoing review of the rice sector that commenced on March 17th, 2015.