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Productivity enhancement of banana farms through integrated soil fertility management in the banana belt area of Belize project launched

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018. 10:50 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Last Tuesday the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the European Union (EU), the Banana Growers’ Association (BGA) and the University of Belize (UB) held a ceremony for the official launch of a new project entitled Productivity enhancement of banana farms through integrated soil fertility management in the banana belt area of Belize”, at the Banana Growers’ Association headquarters, in Independence village, Stann Creek district.

The project is a joint action of the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) 2013 program to provide financial assistance to the Belize banana sector.

It seeks to promote and to foster social and economic development, leading to the reduction of poverty, focusing on workers, their families, and communities in the banana belt area of Belize.

The objective is to increase the efficiency of banana production.

The total value of the project is $5.4 million with the contribution of the EU, IICA, BGA, and UB.

The expected results include:

1.)   Increased resources efficiency of the banana industry.

2.)   Increase knowledge capacities of farmers and the Banana Growers’ Association (BGA) for Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM).

3.)   Enhanced capacity of the University of Belize micro-propagation laboratory and nursery facilities for production of improved planting material.

Present at the launch were the Ambassador of the European Union, IICA Belize Country Representative, Government of Belize, Banana Growers’ Association, University of Belize, The British High Commission, Honorary Consul of Sweden, Honorary Consul of Chile, Embassy of Costa Rica in Belize, Independence Village Council, national and international NGOs, farmers, representatives of national media, teachers, students and other organizations.

A total of 74 persons attended the project launching.

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