Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020. 7:50 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC) hosted its annual beekeeping harvest season meeting with registered beekeepers of northern Belize (Corozal & Orange Walk District) at the BMDC honey buying center located at San Lorenzo Road, Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk District.
The session involved a report of the activities that the BMDC has undertaken in the development of the apiculture industry over the last year, including capacity building activities, quality assurance investments, a market performance report, and future activities.
The highlight was the rolling out of a quality assurance program entailing good beekeeping practices in the field and good manufacturing practices at the Honey Buying Centre to guarantee the safety and quality of honey to consumers.
The meeting was led by Silverio Marin, BMDC administrator, along with Josephat Correa, Manager for the Honey Buying Centre and Mr. Amir Marin, BMDC Marketing Officer.
Present at the meeting were the Ministry of Agriculture technical officers, beekeeping cooperative representatives, and beekeepers of both Corozal and Orange Walk districts.
The meeting concluded with an agreement between beekeepers and the BMDC on the opening of the buying operations for the harvest season on March 11, 2020.
The BMDC also reassured its commitment to continue working towards creating an enabling environment to transform beekeeping into a viable, eco-friendly and profitable industry that positively impacts the livelihoods of rural farming communities throughout Belize.
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