US$25 million loan for sustainable, climate-resilient agriculture project – Love FM
The second charge motion passed today was for a loan of twenty-five million US dollars to implement a sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture project. The project will provide funding to support agricultural producers while supporting more established commercial farmers and farmer associations. The opposition supported the bill, but Chief Moses “Shyne” Barrow expressed reservations.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “We, the opposition, support this assistance to our farmers to help them with their technical training and the transition of small farmers to commercial status. The caveat we have is that I’ve traveled across the country San Antonio, San Andreas, Chan Chen, San Estevan, I was in your prime minister constituency this week – farmers are concerned that when these funds are borrowed, distribution is politicized. And you know I respect the Orange Walk South member and I hope I can sit down with him and bring these concerns to his attention because while we support getting these much needed funds for our farmers, he cannot not be about PUP farmers or UDP farmers, it has to be for farmers.
Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing: “I remember Petrocaribe, $700 million and we still don’t know where the money went. People didn’t feel the money like that and you talk about fairness and efficiency and a lot of rhetoric when your government was in power you had access to $700 million –”
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “Madam President, what does this have to do with the motion? I said nothing about Petro caribe a fair bit.
Madame President : “Remember, when we’re standing on a point of order, I’ve also reduced what I asked. I’m not asking you to name the rule number, but just the essence of what this point of order is, that’s all I’m asking. What is your point of order? »
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “My point of order is relevance Madam President.”
Madame President : “Point taken.”
Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing “I don’t understand his relevance but I’m just reminding him because he’s saying he hopes we’re fair in how we spend our money and I believe we’ve been fair, equitable and efficient in how this government is spending its money. Perhaps wrongly, as the Prime Minister says and I remind him of an incident, a situation where $700 million was borrowed and we still have to pay it and there is no connection, there is no verification, but we all know the political issues and the political expenditures that have been made of them and I just remind you that it is not good to be a hypocrite in this house. important to tell the truth. You weren’t in the office but your grandpa was. You want to bury him you said? No, I’m just repeating what you said sir? So it’s good for me to remind him, Madam President, because sometimes he misses the point and t if he does, I will constantly remind him.
Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Development: ‘I have sat here and listened to the opposition MP complaining about this loan motion and really and sincerely, Madam Speaker, I want to say officially that he should be the last to speak against the support for such an important motion when in fact the United Democratic Party and its staff have the worst record, Madam Speaker, when it comes to supporting agriculture.
Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing: “Madam Speaker and on a point of order, I second this motion. Don’t lie to the people of Belize, Madam Speaker, they say I didn’t support the motion, I support the motion.
Madame President : “The record will show that you supported the motion.”
Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Development: “Leader of the Opposition, I would advise you to sit down and listen and learn something.”
John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “And speaking of epiphanies, I think the one who had an epiphany today is the Leader of the Opposition finally realizing that we need to support our agricultural sector. We have to support our farmers, that’s why you had the epiphany. Listen to me, I’m also a farmer, you know? I am a passionate farmer. I have a cattle ranch, I invest my money in the soil. I invest my money in the soil and I sweat in the sun. So it’s you. How many hours did you spend working in the sun working the soil? You don’t know these things, you’ll get heatstroke if you go out in the sun and try to work on the farm.