By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) Extension Services, the Department of Co-operatives, and Resilient Rural Belize (RRB) Program in the Ministry of Economic Development conducted a training workshop for the Santa Elena Women’s Group in Toledo on Tuesday.
“The morning session was on policy development and governance while the afternoon was a practical exercise on bokashi composting,” said MAFSE in a social media post.
“Bokashi is a composting process that uses microorganisms to ferment organic food waste and create a super-fertile compost that will enrich the soil.
MAFSE said bokashi is a viable alternative to store-bought fertilizers since it “increases small farmer resiliency and fosters organic farming practices”.
The Resilient Rural Belize (RRB) is a six-year programme that seeks “to minimize the impacts of climatic and economic events on small farmers while supporting sustainable market access for their produce”, said MAFSE. The RRB programme is being implemented by the Government of Belize (GOB) with BZ$40 million financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The Ministry of Agriculture has been training farmers in different areas of the country how to do the bokashi mix and other fertilizers and pesticides from ordinary household and farm products that are readily available and that considerably reduce their dependence on imported products. These locally made products also contribute to a better climate resilient type of farming.
“With less expenses attributable to the rising cost of imported inputs, farmers can have higher profit margins for their produce while commanding higher prices for their organic products,” said MAFSE.