Agricultural Land in BelizePicked in the morning, packed on out-bound ships by evening Noted for the sweet grapefruit that Europeans prefer, high-grade cacao, bananas, sugar cane, ‘Caribbean Gold’ mangos, and numerous vegetables & fruits, Belize has sophisticated farming, packaging & shipping operations, permitting crops to be picked in the morning, then inspected, packed, cartoned and loaded onto ships bound for Europe, America and CARICOM markets by evening. Skilled and efficient agricultural management companies have been helping our clients profit yearly, with minimal effort on our clients’ parts. Farming and food production has long been Belize’s main profit areas. In fact, agricultural has recently topped tourism as this British Commonwealth country’s largest money-making industry. An urgent issue – and opportunity Experts worldwide – from the World Bank to Purdue University; the WorldWatch Institute to the UN’s Food & Agricultural Association (UN-FAO) – are telling us now about the current need and coming demand for crops. “An extra billion tonnes of cereals are needed”, says the UN-FAO.” “Increases in food production, per hectare of land, have not kept pace with increases in population, and the planet has virtually no more arable land or fresh water to spare. As a result, per-capita cropland has fallen by more than half since 1960, and per-capita production of grains, the basic food, has been falling worldwide for 20 years,” says WorldWatch Institute. . . Well, Belize does have plenty of arable farmland, as well as plenty of ground water and ample yearly rainfall. Farmland outperforms traditional investments Farmland is as good as gold. Prices for farmland in the US and Canada are increasing dramatically. Just in the past 12 months, crop land prices in Brazil have soared 18%. Agricultural investment has outperformed traditional asset classes such as stocks, bonds and cash for some time, a fact backed by the sound fundamentals backing agricultural investments. Investing in agricultural land is proving a valuable defense strategy for many looking to protect their assets. Economists at the University of Saskatchewan state, “investors in the medium-risk category could have improved the financial performance of their portfolios by including an F-REIT investment rather than gold. The financial gains from F-REIT result from a level of risk that is lower than gold, REITs, and stocks, an expected yield that is greater than for bonds, and a low correlation with other financial asset returns.” The time is now. The past several years has been very good for agriculture in Belize. Our exports are strong. The western half of Mexico & Central America have the same serious drought that effects the western USA, while weather patterns here in Belize are slightly wetter throughout the year. This yields at least two strong growing/ harvest seasons. Commodities buyers from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, & Nicaragua come here with trucks and buy corn/ beans/ peas/ citrus right from the farmers’ gates. The processing plants are doing well also. Some “Florida” orange juice comes from Belize. . . Cacao, citrus, fruit, vegetables, rice, corn, beans, coconut, bananas, flowers, hardwood, aquaculture, and all varieties of tropical produce. We will be pleased to show you numerous possibilities. Let us know your travel plans. Did I mention cacao? Belize cacao is the finest cacao in the world, from Mayan strains started a thousand years ago. It is grown in the southern mountains, and harvested by independent campesinos. Belize’s “fair trade” efforts have done well by these small-scale pickers, and they now have a regular market and consistent pricing. Some large English chocolate companies buy cacao here, but the best is brewed right here, in Punta Gorda, Belize. You should come and visit this chocolate “factory” with me one day soon. (it is not much bigger than a 3-car garage). On the green page heading above, click on the “Real Estate Listings” to view some of our current offerings. Then you can narrow your search by clicking the smaller heading, “Agricultural land”. Here are a few current offerings:
• 400 acres of income-producing Row Crops & Trees, on Teakettle Road, with 1-mile river frontage: $660,000;
• 334 and 500 acres of cleared pastureland, fenced, with creeks, springs & a barn, Valley of Peace: $950/acre;
• 350 acres of rolling pasture & row crop land, fantastic views, with creek & some forest, Los Tambos: $1550/acre;
• 6,000 acre Citrus Farm along the Sibun River, with 400+ acres of hi-production citrus, 1,000+ acres row crops, 3,500 acres of uncleared prime citrus land, a commercial stone quarry, all equipment: a profitable, turnkey operation: $1200/acre • 11.46 acre Horse Farm in Cayo District; fenced, gated, irrigation, buildings, elevated riverfront, many fruit trees: $175,000 Things change quickly, so check back with us often.