Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2021. 12:41 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “Young men and women involved in honey production from Xaibe and surrounding villages in rural Corozal district today received full beekeeping suits, hive tools and smokers as part of the Honey Production Re-development Support Project funded by the Caricom Development Fund (CDF),” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) in a social media statement.
Corozal District Agriculture Coordinator Elsner Campos presented the suits to the young men and women on Wednesday. All these beekeepers have been trained in beekeeping as part of the project.
The CDF-funded program is valued at BZ $425,000 and is expected to impact the lives of at least 75 new beekeepers countrywide.
“This is a 3-year program that aims to expand the honey production subsector in Belize, targeting the advantages of employment and empowerment through sector-specific knowledge acquisition,” said MAFSE.
The program was launched in 2018 and was extended this year. The expectation at MAFSE is that by the ending of 2022, the beekeeping industry will have 50% more women and youths participating in the agribusiness.
MAFSE said that after Corozal, they will soon hand over similar equipment to beekeepers in the Orange Walk, Belize, and Cayo districts.
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