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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019. 1:11 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Police Department is hosting its two weeks ‘Youths Engage’ in Agriculture Summer Camp 2019.

The event commenced on July 1, 2019, with an opening ceremony at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds in Belmopan.

Guess speakers at the event were the Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle, Chief Agriculture Officer, Andrew Harrison and Linden Flowers Senior Superintendent of Police.

With an aging population of farmers, agriculture needs to attract more young people, and through this medium, the summer camp was initiated to improve the image of agriculture as cool, profitable and attractive career for youths.

Youths that are participating are from the various town and villages in the Cayo and Belize District.

Activities for the two weeks event will cover field visits to Spanish Lookout, Central Farm and Banana Bank, and hands-on practical training for students and conclude with a kid’s rodeo on July the 13, 2019.

The first annual Youth Engage in Agriculture (YEA) summer camp was held in August 2016 at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds, since then the summer camp has grown to attract as many as 260 students.

The objective of the Ministry is to extend the summer camp to the rest of the various districts.

 

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