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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2022. 12:22 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Fundapanaca

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture said 30 Belizeans will be traveling to Colombia for a 90-day training agriculture course on Sunday, April 24. The 30 Belizeans are recipients of full scholarships given by the Government of Colombia.

The Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai, the Colombian Consulate, and staff from the Ministry of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs will be on hand to see them off on Sunday afternoon at the Philip Goldson International Airport.

“These courses come through the project for Agricultural Labor Technician for Peasant Leaders,” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).

According to MAFSE, Colombia’s Presidential Agency for International Cooperation (APC Colombia), through this project, is seeking to strengthen South-South Cooperation with the countries of the Andean Community (Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru) and some countries of the Mesoamerica Project (Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica).

Under the project, each of the countries received 30 full scholarships for the Agricultural Labor Technical Training Program that will be conducted by the PANACA Foundation under the full immersion modality for a period of 82 days.

The objective of the training program designed by the Panaca Foundation is to develop technical skills in agriculture and animal production under the guidance of specialized professionals and expert personnel who manage production processes at the Interactive Center for Science and Technology of the Agricultural Sector, Fundapanaca, said the course description.

As part of the training program, the beneficiaries of the scholarships will carry out practical activities in agricultural mechanization, operation of irrigation systems, management of semi-annual crops, the establishment of orchards, livestock, pig farming, and production of minor species.

The training program also seeks to develop their human and life skills to empower them to become agents of change in their communities.

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