Mining and Quarrying
Gold, bauxite, barytes, and cassiterite are mined in Belize, but not in sufficient commercial quantities for export. Dolomite limestone, which is used as road ballast and agricultural fertilizer, was the only mineral exploited in 2000. (Agricultural-grade dolomite is sold on the domestic market to banana and citrus producers and also exported to the Windward Islands and Jamaica.)
Belize Minerals, the main local producer of dolomite, exports to Central and South America, and has tried to produce a different grade of dolomite for use in the steel industry.22 The minning and quarying sector is the least contributor to GDP over the years. (View Mining Statistics 1993-2008) and note graphical illustration in Figure 1.
For further information on mining rights processes including permits and license applications click here or contact:
The Geology & Petroleum Department
34-36 Unity Boulevard
Telephone: (501) 822-2178/2651
Fax: (501) 822-3538