It’s Easter Time and everybody is looking to eat a delicious fried fish with some lime on it or eat a mouthwatering Ceviche and to cool off with a delicious margarita or two. Whichever the case may be the main ingredient here is LIME. It has come to our attention that lime is scarce and the cost of lime has skyrocketed to a staggering $1.25 per lime and in some cases $2.00!!
In an interview with News 5 Belize, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche informed that the Belize Marketing Development Corporation (BMDC) has applied for a permit to import lime. According to the report the importation of lime will aid in the shortage the country is currently experiencing especially since there is great demand in the local market and tourism industry.
"There is a tremendous demand from Belizeans … And we're coming under growing pressure from the tourism market to be able to have fresh lime on the market; we're trying to do it the proper way. The other side of this coin is that there is a quite a bit of contraband coming in, and we absolutely need to do it properly. If we import formally, that will take the difficulty, it will take the risk we have from contraband products coming in illegally," Alpuche explained.
Importing lime will decrease the amount of contraband products being brought in to the country and will provide time for local limes to ripen. Hopefully prices will not be too dramatic with the importation of lime.