Citrus companies join HLB fight; rejoin CGA
The Citrus Growers Association has been informed that the boards of directors of XYZ Company Ltd, Barton Creek Farms Ltd., Belize Food Products Ltd., and the Citrus Company of Belize Ltd, have all by resolution decided to resume their full membership in the Citrus Growers Association and join the effort to combat the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, formerly citrus greening, which they acknowledge “presents a major threat to the future of our country's citrus industry.”
In letters to the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Gaspar Vega dated July 19th, 2013, the companies all wrote that at board meetings in July of this year they had resolved to rejoin the membership of the Citrus Growers Association and thereby contribute to the CGA to support the efforts to control HLB disease “in accordance to the agreement made between the industry and the Hon. Prime Minister and will be retroactive to the last payments made at the end of the 2009 - 2010 Crop Year.”
The boards told Minister Vega that “In making these decisions, the respective Boards found it to be in the best interest of the respective companies to participate with the initiatives, led by your Ministry and the CGA through its Citrus Research and Education Institute (CREI), taking place in the industry to control the population of the Asian Citrus Psyllid and implementation of other measures necessary to reduce the spread of the HLB and improve citrus production.”
As a consequence of these decisions and other companies joining, the Citrus Growers Association’s membership now represents 85% of the growers and over 60% of the industry production. The Citrus Research and Education Institute continues to collaborate with international partners, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), OIRSA, ICDF Taiwan, Mexico and the United States to combat the spread of HLB and improve citrus production in the industry.
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