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Ministry of Agriculture, Japan International Cooperation Agency representatives visit Maskall to monitor and evaluate the JICA Cold Storage Project

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2022. 5:43 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) visited Maskall in the Belize District to monitor and evaluate the JICA Cold Storage Project.

Earlier this year, JICA donated four cold storage units to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise to help alleviate the storage problems farmers have been having countrywide.

“The JICA Resident Representative received first hand reports from onion farmers on the storage of onions in the recently established cold storage units,” said MAFSE.

“Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs joined the discussion and saw the success of the cold storage initiatives.”

In January, JICA delivered the four units to the MAFSE and after the containers were retrofitted, the official handing over was held at Indian Creek Village in the Orange Walk District on Wednesday, March 16.

MAFSE said at the time that the four containers were distributed to 7 Miles, Cayo District; Maskall Village, Belize District; Xaibe Village, Corozal District; and San Carlos Village, Orange Walk District.

The four cool storage containers from JICA were expected to be a solution for extending the post-harvest shelf life of vegetables and so far both MAFSE and JICA are satisfied with the outcome.

The JICA project has a value of $186,000 of which the Government of Belize contributed 15% in technical assistance.


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