Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2022. 9:28 am CST.
Photo Credit: Cooperatives Department
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “The women in this coop are not afraid of putting on their boots and going into the field … gender bias does not exist as long as there is work to be done,” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) recently, recognizing the work of the Nago Bank Cooperative ‘Los Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos de Nago Bank’ (Nago Bank Small Farmers and Livestock Producers Cooperative).
MAFSE reiterated that the Nago Bank cooperative is both a men’s and women’s cooperative.
Los Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos de Nago Bank cooperative is currently harvesting tomatoes.
“The Belize District area around Maskall and Bomba, both on the old Northern Highway, is one of the more productive areas in the country in vegetable crops. The area produces onions, tomatoes, carrots, sweet peppers, and diverse other crops,” said MAFSE.
Saying that Nago Bank is a fertile productive area around Bomba, MAFSE said tomatoes are in season and members of Los Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos de Nago Bank Co-operative are harvesting tomatoes and doing well.
“Prices of tomatoes tend to be mostly supply driven; right now they retail in the market for around $2.50 a pound. Farm gate prices (buying directly from the farmer at his farm) might be better,” said MAFSE.
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