The same thing happens with potatoes. I agree! The Marketing Board is in a conflict of interest situation with the private producers. Not sure if they are required to be fiscally self sufficient, but if so, then they should be closed down. They are no longer helping the local economy, but obstructing, or destroying it. THINK I'LL PUT THIS ONE ON OUR INTERNATIONAL READERSHIP NEWS BLOG. http://westernbelizehappenings.blogspot.com
--- On Thu, 11/13/08, Wendy Auxillou
From: Wendy Auxillou
Subject: Bz-Culture: Blue Creek rice farmers to get chanced again...
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 12:05 PM
“There is a high level ambition always with unfortunately the Marketing Board is part of agriculture and their income level is directly affected when local production is sufficient they can’t import and that affects their income level and so their ambition is to always try and import and it is really a conflict of interest because they have the responsibility to run the Marketing Board and to run some kind of support system that will help producers produce more rice and you can’t do both."
Channel 7 New quote by Edward Reimer when it was announced that the Marketing Board would be importing rice, even though the Blue Creek farmers produce enough locally to meet demand.