By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Twenty beekeepers and five Ministry of Agriculture Extension Officers from the Belize, Orange Walk, and Corozal Districts are attending a one-week workshop entitled ‘Training of Trainers in Advanced Beekeeping Management Practices’.
“The capacity building is aimed at enhancing entrepreneurial skills, organization, value addition and marketing,” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE).
The beekeeping management workshop, being held at the Yo Creek Agriculture Station in Yo Creek, Orange Walk District from April 25-29, is part of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Honey Production Redevelopment Support Project (Honey Project). The Honey Project itself is part of a wider agreement, the Belize 2nd Cycle Country Assistance Program, signed on November 21, 2018, between the Government of Belize and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF).
The workshop is looking at Six topics: group dynamics, record keeping, good manufacturing practices, facilitation in diversification, marketing, and value-addition of honey and honey products.
MAFSE said the training workshop is being conducted with the collaboration of institutions such as the Department of Cooperatives, plus local and international consultants.
According to MAFSE, the Honey Project’s overall objective is “the expansion of the honey production subsector in Belize, targeting the delivery of new and additional capabilities to women and disadvantaged youth to reap the advantages of employment and empowerment through sector-specific knowledge acquisition”.