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Posted: Friday, June 30, 2023. 5:14 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Representatives from 12 cooperatives on Friday attended a Rapid Response Project Workshop held by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Cooperatives at the San Ignacio Welcome Center on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives 2023.

This year’s International Day of Cooperatives is being observed under the theme ‘Cooperatives: partners for accelerated sustainable development.

“United by the slogan ‘Cooperatives for sustainable development’, we will show how the cooperative way of working, inspired by the cooperative values and principles, has the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) as part of its DNA,” says the invitation by the Department of Cooperatives for the Information Day and Mini Expo planned for Saturday when the day is officially celebrated worldwide.

The participants were addressed by Agriculture Minister Jose Abelardo Mai, Acting Managing Director of the Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology (BEST) Michelle Longsworth, and National Coordinator of the GEF Small Grants, United National Development Programme (UNDP), Leonel Requena.

Today’s workshop had presentations by the cooperatives present. Additionally, the workshop featured presentations on standards, marketing, and entrepreneurship by the Belize Bureau of Standards, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation, and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) respectively.

The Ministry of Agriculture reviewed Production under Covered Structures and the Pesticides Control Board on Responsible Use of Pesticides. The International Regional Organization for Plant and Animal Health (OIRSA) also made a presentation on Biological Control Agents for Agricultural Pests.

“On Saturday, which is the official International Day of Cooperatives, we are going to have a short ceremony commemorating the day,” Registrar of Co-operatives Gareth Murillo said.

“That ceremony will then be followed by a mini expo of cooperatives and other invited agencies to display and to sell their products and commodities.”

In 2022, the International Day of Cooperatives activities were observed at Fort Cairns Market Plaza in Orange Walk.


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