Posted: Friday, July 15, 2022. 6:23 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: This week, around 20 farmers from villages in the northern Belize district, benefited from training on food processing, which was hosted by the Department of Agriculture.
The training was held on Wednesday, July 13, and was done with the support of the staff of the Agro-processing Incubation Facility on Central Farm.
The training was coordinated by the extension officer Abimael Puck and led by Anna Howe of the agro-processing facility, with farmers including men, women, and youths from Bomba, Maskall, Nagu Bank, Rockstone Pond, and Lucky Strike in attendance.
Participants learned how to prepare jams, pasta sauce, salsa casera, and how to preserve tomatoes.
“The purpose of the activity is to instill and develop the potential of small-scale, rural-based food processing as an element of the food chain,” the Agriculture Department said. “Processing of basic food commodities is already practiced mostly at the micro- and small-scale levels in rural areas. The training serves to enhance their capabilities to diversity and increase food products.”
The department also said that small-scale food processing has tremendous income earning potential for the rural economy and that the training will serve as an incentive to producers to expand their production and also will serve to reduce food loss due to overproduction and market price fluctuations.
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