The new headquarters for the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) was officially inaugurated on Tuesday, May 19, 2014. The Government of Belize, European Union, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), BSI, BSCFA, SIRDI and farmers joined together to celebrate this milestone event for the Sugar Industry. The construction of the building was financed by the European Union through its Accompanying Measures for Sugar Program (AMS) and the Belize Sugar Industry Development Fund (SIDF).
SIRDI will now be located at mile 66.5 on the Philip Goldson Highway in the Corozal District to facilitate strategic access to industry stakeholders.Construction began in November 2013 after realizing the need to build a proper facility to provide research, technical and extension services for farmers. With its new facility in place, SIRDI will be able to provide a wider range of services and more outreach to cane farmers! Industry stakeholders congratulate SIRDI on this new milestone!