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56 representatives from six Orange Walk cooperatives, one from Cayo visit Valley of Peace and Central Farm

Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2022. 5:25 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Fifty-six representatives from seven cooperatives, six from Orange Walk and one from Cayo, today visited Valley of Peace and Central Farm as part of an exchange program conducted by the Resilient Rural Belize Program in the Ministry of Economic Development in collaboration with the Department of Co-operatives and Extension Services and the Ministry of Agriculture.

“The exchange visit has been organized as part of an educational program to build organizational capacity through practical experience for all members to get real-time learning experiences in developing from a new group into a well-organized co-operative,” said MAFSE.

“The exchange visit also seeks to improve the knowledge and practices of all the visiting producer organizations by integrating the experiences gained from the visit into their daily activities and operations.”

The visitors were also taken to the Central Farm Horticulture Unit and Apiary Station to witness first-hand new and innovative technologies used in more efficient systems that are being implemented in both vegetable and honey production, said MAFSE.

Resilient Rural Belize said Servicios Varios “El Progresso” Cooperative, which is a consumer cooperative that owns a store, and the Laguna Farmers Cooperative of Valley of Peace hosted the producer cooperatives: the New River Farmers’ Cooperative from San Carlos, the Orange Walk Beekeepers Cooperative, the Maya Golden Beekeepers Group from San Felipe, the Indian Church Farmers Pre-Cooperative from Indian Church, Las Orquídeas Women’s Group from Indian Church (all from Orange Walk) and the Sayab Farmers’ Cooperative from San Antonio, Cayo.

“The objective of the program is to strengthen their organizational and institutional capacities as they learn from each other through the exchange of technical, management and organizational experiences,” said Resilient Rural Belize.

RRB said it is funding these exchanges so that the members of the cooperatives learn new approaches “that will build the capacity of each cooperative or group to use and replicate the good practices in management, technical and operational experiences to avoid simple business mistakes”.


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