Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2022. 11:56 am CST.
Photo Credit: MAFSE
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: One hundred thirty Corozal farmers showed up to register for the Mexican-funded farmer assistance Sembrando Vida project on Tuesday and more are applying for registration today at the Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College Auditorium in San Roman, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).
The project aims to benefit 2,000 small farmers and will provide them with technical assistance and support in growing their crops.
“These farmers will be getting an economic incentive for four months with agricultural inputs like fertilizer, seeds, irrigation systems, and eight months of training,” said Emilio Rene Montero, National Food and Nutrition Security Commission (NFNSC) coordinator.
The project which is administered by the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (Amexcid) has now started the farmer registration after Agriculture Minister Jose Abelard Mai and Sembrando Vida project director in Belize Claudio Lara signed the Sembrando Vida grant contract on Monday. The signing of the contract officially released funds amounting to BZ$6 million for the Sembrando Vida project.
MAFSE said the registration will be held in all districts.
Sembrando Vida is a project offered in Belize by the Governments of Belize and Mexico through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise and AMEXCID.
Apart from providing assistance to 2,000 Belizean farmers, the Sembrando Vida project is also hiring 16 Belizean extension officers to do the technical work.
To qualify for the project, the farmers must have within 0.5 to 5 acres of land under cultivation.
“They have to be 18 years and older, they have to be registered farmers in the BAIMS system, that’s the Belize Agriculture Information Management System, and they have to be Belizean,” Montero said.
MAFSE said the farmers must reside in rural areas of any of Belize’s six districts. They must provide proof of that residency by presenting a utility bill of at least three months. They must also provide proof of ownership, lease, or rent. Additionally, they must “agree to comply with all legal provisions that will be in the guidelines for the operation of the project”.
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