Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2023. 9:27 am CST.
Photo Credit: Department of Co-operatives
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Two new cooperatives, the Indian Church Farmers’ Co-operative and the Northern Coconut Growers Co-operative, will be registered on Thursday in Orange Walk, according to the Department of Co-operatives.
Today’s registration raises the number of cooperatives active in Belize to 88, according to Registrar of Co-operatives Gareth Murillo.
The double-registration ceremony will be held at the Yo Creek Community Center in the Orange Walk District starting at 10:30 am. Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai will deliver the keynote address.
The Indian Church Farmers’ Co-operative hails from Indian Church Village in the Orange Walk District. The ten members, which is the minimum number to register a group as a cooperative, range from 17 to 52 years of age.
“They have been working as a unit for the last several years and now seek to become better organized and recognized with registration as a co-operative. They cultivate onions, carrots, potatoes, and corn,” the Department of Co-operatives said.
The other cooperative being registered on Thursday morning is the Northern Coconut Growers Co-operative. The Department of Co-operatives said they are a ‘diversified group’ from both the Orange Walk and Corozal districts. This cooperative consists of 17 members, 12 men and five women.
“They have been functioning as individual farmers but are organizing in an effort at collectively exploiting current opportunities in the coconut sub-sector of agriculture,” the Department of Co-operatives said.
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