Farmers in Cayo are receiving the attention they require. They were visited by the Minister of Agriculture who presented the current standing on two separate projects. Cayo Correspondent Elaine Berry, gave us more details.
Elaine Berry, Love FM News: A covered structure to support small disadvantaged farmers and the honey production expansion held a launch at the Central Farm Agricultural Station. The covered structure objective is to project and to raise the volume of vegetables on the local market and the honey production objective is the production of honey nationally through the delivery of additional capabilities. Other activities for the covered structure is to procure and install covered structure, irrigation, fertigation, tool kits and shredding equipment, preparation of operation management and maintenance manual. For the honey production their objective is to train and build capacity of beekeeping in good bee keeping practices and to adopt food safety of honey and honey products. Love News spoke to Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture, who will tell us more about the covered structure and the honey production expansion.
Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture: “In a nutshell what we’re trying to do here is, we got some funds from the CARICOM Development Fund and together with the Government of Belize we are funding expansion of honey production. So it will set out to do training, it will set out to do improved apiaries, manage pests and that sort of thing but more fundamentally to span out across the country so potential beekeepers, and mainly we’ll try to focus on the youth and also on women and so that we can increase our honey production. It is going to be implemented over a twenty four month period. We have developed here in Central Farm some covered structures which are unique to Belize and also this funds about thirty of them which we will make available to farmers across the country and it is going to help to them to produce their vegetables in a more manageable environment including fertigation and that sort of thing and of course the covered structures are awesome when it comes to managing pests and because we will be putting water tanks next to them so they’ll have irrigation so should we, God forbid, run into another drought situation it will not affect them. So those are the two projects and then we can go from there.”
Elaine Berry, Love FM News: I also spoke to Lennox Forte, representative for CARICOM Development Fund about the launching of the two projects.
Lennox Forte, Representative for Caribbean Development Fund: “The CDF is here to provide assistance to the Government of Belize. The Government of Belize was part and parcel of this program they are defining this project as one of the areas, one of the industries that needed support and the CDF agreed hence the two grants that have been given out today.”