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Ministry of Agriculture delegation meets Belizean students at highly-recognized Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School in Honduras

Posted: Friday, June 9, 2023. 10:01 am CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: On the final leg of a three-day exploratory tour of Honduras, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) delegation visited the highly-recognized and respected Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School (Escuela Agrícola Panamericana Zamorano) where they met with Belizean students. El Zamorano or Zamorano, as the school is generally referred to, is a leading agricultural institution in the region.

“At Zamorano, a reputed agriculture university in Central America, the team held meetings with the university’s president and other university officials, toured the plant tissue culture and biological control laboratory facilities, inspected university dairy facilities, and met with Belizean students at the university,” MAFSE said.

Many Belizeans have studied at Zamorano over the years. At present, eight Belizean are studying at Zamorano, four women and four men. Of note, the head of the Biological Control Program at Zamorano is Belizean Miguel Cocom.

During the visit, Minister Mai and his delegation visited a cardamom cultivation facility in Cofradía, a meat processing facility, and sweet potato and banana fields in Comayagua, outside of Tegucigalpa.
The team’s visit is being coordinated by the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA).
Minister Mai and the delegation which includes CEO Servulo Baeza, Senior Technical Advisor Digno Polanco, and several MAFSE high ranking officers, have been looking at crops that MAFSE has interest in either introducing or promoting more heavily here in Belize.
Minister Mai has been pushing for more agricultural cooperation with the neighbouring countries and has developed good relationships with Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. His push for a better relationship with Honduras augurs well for Belize’s agriculture.
The team returns to Belize on Friday.



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