31 January, 2001 - Belmopan
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperatives and the Ministry
of Finance continue to provide recovery assistance to those areas of the
productive sector that were affected by Hurricane Keith.

In the latest of these efforts, a loan package of
BZ$1.5 million has been negotiated with the Development Finance
Corporation to assist the Northern Fishermen Producers Cooperative.

Registrar of Cooperatives, Mr. Joseph Bradley, says that the funds will
be used to provide Cooperative members with loans to assist them in the
rehabilitation of the fishing industry.

Losses to the Fisheries sector as a result of Hurricane Keith amounted
to over BZ$12 million.

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperative