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Ministry of Agriculture hosts graduation ceremony for new beekepers under Honey Production Redevelopment Support Project

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2022. 3:16 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) held a graduation ceremony for recipients of the Honey Production Redevelopment Support Project on Thursday. The cohort consisted of 48 new beekeepers, mostly youth and women, from the Stann Creek,  Toledo and Cayo Districts. The same training will be offered to some 50 other participants from the Orange Walk, Corozal, and Belize Districts in January.
To date the project is reaching 142 beekeepers, 100 new beekeepers and 42 beekeepers who were already active.
“The project which is funded by the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) was signed in November 2018 between the Government of Belize and the CDF, with an initial budget of $281,959.00 USD providing one of the greatest boosts to the beekeeping industry in Belize,” MAFSE said.
The Ministry said the Honey Production Redevelopment Support Project provides all the tools and equipment necessary for a new beekeeper to start a beekeeping enterprise. So far, new beekeepers, as beneficiaries of this project, are getting a total of over $4,000.00 worth of beekeeping equipment.
“Its three major objectives [are] to increase rural livelihood opportunities through beekeeping in farming communities especially among women and youth, increase national production and productivity of beekeeping, and increase the quality of honey and honey products through the promotion of standards and good manufacturing practices,” MAFSE said.

 

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