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26 Corozal women to benefit from Ministry of Investment newly launched Vanilla Cultivation Training Pilot Project

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2022. 3:40 pm CST.

Photo Credit: GOB Press Office

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Twenty-six Corozal women will be the first to benefit from the Vanilla Cultivation Training Pilot Project launched on Friday by the Ministry of Investment.

According to a press release from the Government of Belize Press Office said the Ministry of Investment in collaboration with the National Women’s Commission (NWC), the Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College (CEMJC), and Belize Agro Forestry Development Services officially launched what it termed as ‘a first-of-its-kind Vanilla Cultivation Training Pilot Project’.

“With interest from several companies abroad to purchase Belizean-grown vanilla, the government recognizes the economic opportunity that exists on the world market,” said the statement.

The Ministry of Investment said the 26 women from the Corozal District will be trained on growing and reaping vanilla. The main objective is to increase income-generating opportunities for women in rural Belize.

“The training consists of six sessions which include an introduction to vanilla, cutting and preparation of nursery bags, raised bed construction, identification of pests and diseases, vine management, flower induction and pollination, and harvesting, curing, selection, and grading of vanilla beans,” said the GOB Press Office press release.

The Ministry of Investment said that once the pilot project is completed in Corozal, they plan on taking the initiative to other districts.

“Vanilla, which is native to Belize, is a new emerging sector that can stimulate economic activity in the Corozal District,” said the Ministry of Investment.

The statement said vanilla, which is the second most expensive spice in the world, is used in beverages, desserts, baking goods, cosmetics, and for industrial purposes.

Ramiro Ramirez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Local Government, and Labour was present for the opening of the vanilla cultivation training along with Narda Garcia, CEO in the Office of the Prime Minister and Investment; Thea Garcia-Ramirez, President of the NWC; Hugo Javier Gonzalez, Dean of CEMJC; and representatives from the Investment Policy and Compliance Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, BELTRAIDE and SIRDI.


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