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33 pitahaya farmers complete 2-day pitahaya cultivation and marketing training under Japan International Cooperation Agency project

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2023. 11:16 am CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Thirty-three pitahaya farmers completed a two-day pitahaya cultivation and marketing training in the Cayo District on Friday, October 13.

The training coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE), in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was conducted by Fruit Trees Coordinator Barry Palacio, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Israel Pech, Department of Cooperatives’ Hugo Miranda, and Belize Marketing & Development Corporation’s Jasany Westby.

The training is a vital component of the ‘Advisory Services on with/Post COVID-19 Agricultural Value Chain Improvement in Belize’ Project, a technical cooperation initiative launched jointly by MAFSE and JICA in February 2023.

“The training program encompassed a wide range of essential topics, including pitahaya varieties, propagation techniques, field preparation, fertilization best practices, weed control, pest and disease management, pruning methods, insights into effective farmers’ organization, and strategies for successful marketing,” MAFSE said.

“With the recent knowledge and techniques acquired during this training, participants are now well-equipped to enhance the quality of their pitahaya production, increase sales, and contribute to the growth of the pitahaya industry in Belize.”

At the completion of the training, the participants received certificates from the lecturers and from Project team leader Kenichi Machida. Chief Agriculture Officer Victoriano Pascual was present for the closing ceremony.

The Ministry of Agriculture said that as part of the commitment to promoting sustainable agriculture and ensuring food security in Belize they keep working to improve the productivity and profitability of the agricultural sector by supporting farmers and agribusinesses.

 

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