Farmers Start Making Their Own Fertilizers
As inflation in the world market continues to put a strain on producers and consumers alike, Belizeans are cutting costs from all corners. This is what farmers are now doing as they begin to make their own biofertilizers. According to Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai, with the increase in fuel, the prices of grains and other raw materials have seen an uptick as well but they are hoping that this can help in making the cost of production more affordable.
Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture:” Our technicians and our farmers right now and if you would have been at the World Food Day activity you would have seen farmers actually making the fertilizer. It is very good, I use it on my farm, it is very good. We are expanding that initiative because farmers like it. It works, it’s cheap. You use your materials you have at home and it works very well. The price of fertilizer so far have stabilized. It does not mean that if that if the war continues it will not go up. So we are monitoring fertilizer costs every single week to see how the prices are moving. If you see corn is rising, soy bean price is rising, again all this leads to the war in Ukraine and Russia so we have to monitor that carefully. Wheat for example we understand the prices dropped the other day, they were going up they remained stable for a little while and now dropped a little so we are monitoring that carefully too.”