By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Sayab Farmers Group of San Antonio in the Cayo District on Friday morning will become Belize’s newest cooperative and will be named Sayab Farmers Co-operative Society Limited, according to the Belize Department of Co-operatives, under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).
The Sayab Farmers Group has been working to become a cooperative for a while now and just two weeks ago had their last training session to reach that goal.
The registration is being conducted at the Sayab Farms on Friday at 10:30 am, said Gareth Murillo, Registrar of Co-operatives.
“Their membership consists of women, young people, and male farmers,” said Luis Pook, the Communications Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise.
“They farm using greenhouses. They have six covered structures where they have a variety of different vegetables. They have lettuce, cabbages, carrots, sweet peppers, and herbs. They make sorrel wine. They do packaging of their products and are looking into having their own labels.”
“They have linkages with several resorts that buy their produce directly from them,” Pook said.
Pook said the Sayab Farmers are well prepared for this move as they have been making value-added products such as wines and sauces, something other cooperatives are not yet doing. Pook said that as a cooperative, the Sayab Farms will be able to better market their products.