The battered state of most of the sugar road networks in the Corozal and Orange Walk districts - which contributed to the delayed start of the 2013/2014 sugar cane season - were the subject of much discussion recently, and at the Government of Belize (GOB)'s annual budget presentation last Friday, March 7, the Minister of Works, Hon. Rene Montero, announced that those roads - which once stood in deplorable, even impassable conditions mainly due to excessive rains - are now receiving much-needed attention by way of contracts which were signed by GOB to conduct remedial works on those vital passageways.
In response to a question raised by Orange Walk Central area representative, Hon. John Briceño, Montero replied that over 100 sugar roads have been repaired in the northern districts.
Government had allocated funds totaling $2.7 million for sugar road works in late 2013, and Montero
said, "In the Corozal division, there are 9 branches [of cane farmers associations]. $1,150,000 was allocated [for that division]. $8,998,256 has been spent and $243,850 is remaining.