By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Representatives from the Maya Green Growers Cooperative from San Antonio, Cayo District, recently traveled to Hopkins in the Stann Creek District to assist the Hopkins Farmers Cooperative with their peanuts harvest.
According to Registrar of Cooperatives Gareth Murillo, cooperation among cooperatives is one of the seven principles of the cooperative movement to improve levels of production.
Murillo said the Maya Green Growers shared their knowledge and expertise on peanut harvesting and preservation with the farmers in Hopkins.
“They have quite a bit of experience in peanut harvesting. The guys in Hopkins had experienced some issues in terms of drying and so they sought the expertise from those guys in San Antonio through our department,” said Murillo.
“The Maya Green Growers Cooperative farmers have always planted peanuts on a small scale. They have a couple members who have always been doing peanuts,” he said.
Murillo said the Maya Green Growers products reach Hopkins but in the spirit of cooperatives, they assisted the Hopkins farmers.
“They have buyers in San Antonio, apart from buyers in San Ignacio and they believe that their product goes as far as Placencia and Hopkins.”
Peanuts are just one of the products the Maya Green Growers grow. They concentrate on a variety of vegetables such as carrots, cabbages, lettuce, and tomatoes. The Hopkins farmers also plant legumes and cereals.
Murillo said that the Department of Cooperatives always facilitates exchange visits.
“We normally, in our annual work plan, look at facilitating exchange visits and so the officers know that is in the work plan. All they need to do is identify who would be the participants on those exchanges and when it will occur,” said Murillo.