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Nago Bank cooperative getting their onions ready for market

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Posted: Monday, May 23, 2022. 9:25 am CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Lately, Nago Bank has been in the news because of the three-mile road the Government is going to build for farmers to have easier access to their markets for the sale of their produce.

But while all of that is happening, Los Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos (Small and Livestock Farmers) de Nago Bank Co-operative Society Limited are busy tending to their onion harvest.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) made a social media post of members of the Nago Bank cooperative getting their produce ready for market.

“Just another day sorting onions at Nagobank, Belize District … Los Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos de Nagobank hard at work ensuring there are onions available for the market. Notice they are making excellent use of their onion sorter,” said MAFSE.

“While some of us take beauty sleep late on Sunday, farmers are hard at work ensuring we have food for the table …,” said MAFSE.

The Nago Bank Road Enhancement Project announced on Thursday will upgrade three miles of the Nago Bank Road. The Government said it signed a BZ$1,734,102.34 contract on May 9, 2022, with Teichroeb & Sons Limited to do the job.

“Along with Maskall and Bomba, the Nago Bank area serves as the “vegetable basket” for the Belize District and elsewhere; therefore, having proper road access is crucial to food security as it ensures that farmers can bring their products to the market year-round,” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).

According to MAFSE, the Nago Bank Road Enhancement Project is an initiative of the six-year Resilient Rural Belize (RRB) Programme. The RRB programme, valued at BZ$40 million, is helping micro, small and medium farmers develop climate-resilient practices, increase and diversify their agricultural production, and facilitating access to markets by improving their roads.

The RRB Programme is implemented by the Government of Belize with the financing coming from the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and participating beneficiaries, said MAFSE.

Through a matching grant agreement, the RRB Programme is also helping the Nago Bank so-operative with the construction of a water facility, a storage/packing shed, and climate-friendly irrigation implements. It is helping the cooperative to become better organized so they can sustain themselves financially.

But, according to MAFSE, Nago Bank is only one of 30 farming communities throughout Belize that will be receiving similar assistance under the RRB Programme.

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