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Orange Walk primary schools have well established agricultural programs, six have a tilapia project funded by Canadian university

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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2021. 10:00 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: During the visit of the Minister of Agriculture, Fооd Ѕесurіtу, аnd Еntеrрrіѕе (MAFSE) Јоѕе Аbеlаrdо Маі to the Carmelita Govt School, Education Officer Lisa Carballo gave a virtual tour of the agricultural programs at the Orange Walk District schools.

Carballo said that at least 15 schools in the Orange Walk District have a school garden.

Six of these schools also participate in the Tilapia Pond Project which is funded by the Milwoods Christian School in Canada.

Carballo said that since 2016, Mr. Van and Mrs Jacqueline Vandermeer along with staff and students from the Canadian university have helped set up the tilapia pond project. She said the Canadian school built the ponds, provides food for the fish, and pays for monthly servicing.

Carballo said the schools also get assistance from the Ministries of Education and Agriculture.

Apart from the Carmelita Government School, the other participants in the project are the Chan Pine Ridge Gov’t School, the Trinidad Gov’t School, the Santa Cruz Gov’t School, the San Lazaro Methodist School, and the San Pablo Community School.

Carballo said at the Carmelita Govt School, which has a school feeding program, the children eat what they produce at school, and at the Trinidad Govt School children take home what they produce. Parents help with the management of the tilapia farm now that school has been out due to the pandemic.

Carballo said other schools which participate in agricultural programs are San Jose, Santa Cruz Santa Martha, and Indian Church government schools, Yo Creek RC, the San Antonio Rio Hondo RC School, La Inmaculada RC School, Chapel School and St. Peter’s Anglican School.

 

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