Deputy Prime Minister Vega concludes official visit to Petén, Guatemala Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Gaspar VegaDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Honorable Gaspar Vega, recently concluded a working visit to Petén, Guatemala as guest of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of Guatemala.

The Minister attended and addressed the First National Livestock Fair held in Petén where contacts with several private sector livestock, equipment and service providers were made. The Guatemalan Minister of Agriculture, Elmer Lopez, the Governor of Petén and the Congressman for Petén were among many distinguished Guatemalan officials addressing the fair.

Bilateral meetings were held between the two ministers who focused principally on cross border collaboration in particular efforts to eradicate the Mediterranean Fruit Fly. Both Petén and Belize are considered med fly free and it was agreed that efforts would be increased to control the spread of this pest that put at risk our ability to export many fresh produce including papaya. The Guatemalan Minister agreed to move their quarantine control post to better protect Belize and the Petén. It was also agreed that a joint cross border project in the Jalacte/Santa Cruz Fronteras area would be proposed to ECADERT for funding. Minister Vega also visited Pilonas de Antigua, a commercial nursery, producing fruit and forestry seedlings using advanced technology.

Deputy Prime Minister Vega was accompanied by the CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, the Chief Agriculture Officer, The Managing Director of BAHA, General Manager of Central Farm and a Senior Cooperative Officer.