Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2022. 1:04 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Department of Co-operatives
By Rubén Morales Iglesias:
The Department of Co-operatives said on Tuesday that two farmers’ groups from the Corozal District will become full-fledged cooperatives on Friday. According to the Director of Co-operatives Gareth Murillo, the Concepcion Vegetable Farmers from Concepcion and the Northern Sustainable Agro-Producers from Xaibe have now fulfilled the requirements to become cooperatives and will be registered as such on Friday.
A double registration ceremony is to be held at the Concepcion Community Center in the village of Concepcion, Corozal District, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3.
Murillo said that both cooperatives grow a variety of vegetables such as onions, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, and cauliflower, but stressed that the Northern Sustainable Agro-Producers concentrate on onions.
Just recently, on Friday, May 13, the Orange Walk Beekeepers group was registered as the Co- Orange Walk Beekeepers Co-operative Society Ltd.
The Department of Co-operatives said that the Corozal Cattle Group is seeking membership as a cooperative as well. On May 17, the Department of Co-operatives had a meeting with the cattle group and representatives of the Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA) in Ranchito, Corozal. The Corozal Cattle Group has already attended a number of preliminary workshops.
According to Murillo, farmers’ groups that apply to become cooperatives must undergo eight different training sessions before they are approved to become cooperatives. The eight training sessions are subdivided into four broad topics: Organizational Development, Financial Literacy and Personal Development, Entrepreneurial Development, and the Structure, Administration, and Finance of the Cooperative Model.
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