All Roads lead to Belmopan this coming weekend Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

All roads will be leading to Belmopan this coming weekend, with the beginning of the National Agriculture and Trade Show at the show grounds, located by the Guanacaste Park and at the entrance of Roaring Creek Village. The National Agriculture and Trade Show NATS Committee of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture has announced  that the dates will be from May 2nd to the 4th, where thousands of Belizeans are expected to attend from all over the country.

 The NATS will be inaugurated at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 2. The guest speaker will be Alvin Henderson, from the shrimp industry. The main address will be delivered this Friday, also at the show grounds, by the Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture. 

The Show gets underway at 6:00 am on May 3rd. The cost for getting into the show grounds is $2.00 for children and $5.00 for adults.

For this year NATS will have a new arrangement for the better flow of visitors. Organizers have zoned the grounds where there will now be seven bars in the bars arena; set up exclusively to sell liquor.

New food courts have been set up at the NATS grounds and new pavilions as well for small businesses to showcase their products.

One of the main features of the NATS every year is the rodeo and livestock show and it will be held on both Saturday and Sunday.  Other attractions of NATS will be the mechanical rides, dog show as well as crop displays. Both BTL and SMART will be having their own operations to sell internet and cell phones at highly competitive prices.

The theme for the National Agriculture and Trade Show 2014 is ‘Stimulating food production through public-private partnership.’

“We think that the growth of the agriculture sector has to be public-private sector led and we want [to] work closely with the private sector to be able to move and grow agriculture to what it should be,” says Roberto Harrison, Chief Agricultural Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Chairman of the NATS Committee.

“We want to invite the general public, we want to ensure and assure the general public that the perspective of the show has changed, we want to assure our visitors that there’s a lot to enjoy, an added security to the grounds...” he also said.

 Established in 1970, NATS has grown and gained momentum, where many Belizeans come to be acquainted with the most recent developments in Agriculture and its many related activities and products. It is also an opportunity to meet and greet friends from all over, who sometimes travel from great distances to share experiences and enjoy the many harvests from agricultural productivity in the Nation.