Sunday, October 11, 2015. BMG: Belize Camping Experience (BCE) has supported its Christian ministry to kids of the inner city since 2012 by working with farmers and agro-businesses in the North and West of the country. The result is Harvest for Kids – an initiative that plants agricultural crops and sells them, using the proceeds for summer camps and regular follow-ups to the schools which camp participants attend.
On Saturday afternoon in the village of Central Farm, those youngsters and their handlers witnessed the reaping of 40 acres of corn planted earlier this year.
It was thought that some of the corn might not have survived the drought that is affecting the Orange Walk and Cayo districts, but according to BCE director Alexander Perez, a partnership of public and private sector was integral to their success.
The land was donated by the Government of Belize for this crop; various businesses provide equipment and goods, and farmers gave of their time to oversee the crop.
A total of nine combines – all donated by their owners – mowed down the field in approximately one hour, although some kids joined in to take care of a few loose eaves. Perez explains that after the corn is dried it will be stored and made available to buyers. Corn currently costs about 29 dollars per sack. While impressive, the nine combines on the field on Saturday are short of the national mark also set at a BCE event in Banana Bank in 2012 where 15 combines took about as many minutes to harvest a corn field.
BCE will also receive the profits of partners from Saskatchewan, Canada, which harvested a field in their honor at the same time on Saturday. The organization will travel to Orange Walk in November to harvest the soybean field in Blue Creek.
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