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Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai visits Dan Lopez’ livestock and crops farm in San Antonio on 2nd day of Cayo District tour

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Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021. 7:39 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MOA) Jose Abelardo Mai today completed his 2-day tour of the Cayo District with a visit to Dan Lopez’s livestock and crops farm in San Antonio.

Apart from looking at the livestock at the farm and how it is managed, Minister Mai was shown how Dan Lopez grows his crops using a greenhouse.

During this final visit, Minister Mai and his staff were caught in the middle of a storm that knocked out power in that area of the Cayo district, including San Ignacio and Santa Elena.

During the 2-day tour, Mai and a delegation of 40 members visited farmers in Springfield, Valley of Peace, Barton Creek, and Vaca, and the San Antonio Women’s Cooperative.

The delegation was comprised of international agriculture partners, technical staff, and operations staff of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).

In his first stop this morning, Minister Mai visited with livestock producers in Vaca where he presented a livestock scale at the Vaca Cattle Producer farm. The MOA said these cattle producers are located in the Waterhole area.

In the afternoon, Mai made his second stop of the day at San Antonio where he visited the San Antonio Women’s Cooperative which “was founded in 2001 to preserve and promote traditional Mayan practices within the community.”

The women’s cooperative create pottery “by hand from locally sourced clay and mineral pigments.”

Yesterday, Minister Mai visited the Mennonite farming community of Springfield.

The Mennonites at Springfield plant potatoes, melons, sweet peppers, habanero peppers, celery, cauliflower, beets, carrots, onions, cilantro, cocoa, among others.

In Valle de Paz, Minister Mai met farmers who showed him their cabbage fields and thanked him for a water pump that helps provide water for their fields while expressing their concerns with regards to prices for their products, and roads, and irrigation.

There he also visited the Cooperativa El Progreso, a store owned by 91 members of the community. The Cooperative’s store sells groceries, hardware, motorcycles, and agrochemicals among other products.

Mai’s final visit on Tuesday was to a potato storage in Barton Creek where he found out how a good storage facility contributes to maintaining good quality potatoes.

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