Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2021. 4:40 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Starting on Thursday the Ministry of Agriculture will hold a two-day virtual Annual General Meeting which will originate at the Ministry of Agriculture conference room at the Agricultural and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan.
“The AGM is being held after years, something like 10 to 11 years, that the AGM has not been held in Ministry of Agriculture. It’s an occasion when the Ministry and its stakeholders, its partners in development get together to look at what has been happening during the year, the challenges, the different successes that have taken place,” said Ministry of Agriculture Communication Director Luis Pook.
Pook said the AGM will have about 25 presenters in a very packed agenda which is going to be streamed to the Ministry and partners. Pook added the Agriculture Ministry has quite a number of partners considering it also includes Enterprise under its portfolio.
“It’s going to be concise, comprehensive, but at the same time it’s going to be a great learning and sharing occasion,” Pook said. “So, there’s quite a number of partners and organizations that we work with, and I think everyone is excited right now that we’re going to have an AGM where the occasion will arise that people be able to share, where we will be able to learn because it’s not always that you get a chance to have all these stakeholders get together to share, to learn, to see what everybody else is doing.”
“This is one of the reasons why the Minister [Jose Abelardo Mai] has been insistent that we should have an AGM,” Pook said.
So, who are going to make reports during the AGM which will be opened by the Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai and will have a main address on the second day by the Chief Agricultural Officer Andrew Harrison.
“We’re going to have from the key sectors in the Ministry like cattle, grains, we know for example of the challenges in the grain industry with the appearance of the Thrips pest recently, so we’re going to get reports from livestock, poultry and so on. These are the money makers.”
During Day One on Thursday, there will be presentations by the Ministry of Agriculture on Policy and Statistics, Vegetables and Root Crops, Fruit Trees, Grains and Traditionals, Livestock, Agro-Processing, and Food Security and Nutrition in the morning session.
The afternoon session will see presentations on the Extension Service, Projects, Climate Change and Water Management, Research and Development, and by the Cooperative Department and the Belize Bureau of Standards.
Pook said that for the Ministry of Agriculture to work effectively, all the partners in development need to be involved.
“In essence, every single aspect of the Ministry’s work and all of the different partners are really important and key to making the whole thing work. I’m talking about the work the Ministry does to facilitate food security and to ensure that the farmers in the nation are earning money that circulates the economy. We definitely need every single partner to make sure that happens,” Pook added.
On Day Two on Friday, the presentations will be by the partners in development: the Pesticides Control Board, BAHA, the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute, Resilient Rural Belize, the Belize Livestock Producers Association, the Directorate for International Trade, DFC, Beltraide, and the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute in the morning session.
The afternoon session will see presentations by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Inter-American Institute for Agriculture Cooperation on Agriculture, OIRSA, the Belize-Taiwan ICDF Project, the Belize-Mexico (Amexcid Project), and the Ya’axché Conservation Trust.
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