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San Juan to Cow Pen Road to be inaugurated Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00

More than 3,000 villagers of Cow Pen and New San Juan will have access to a newly upgraded road infrastructure courtesy of funding by the European Union, and the Government of Belize.

The road project will be officially inaugurated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday April 27, 2017 at Cow Pen Village Main Road, in the Stann Creek District.

Speakers at the event will include the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Belize, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Minister of Agriculture, Honorable Godwin Hulse; Minister of Works, Honorable Rene Montero; representatives of the Banana Growers Association, as well as Community leaders of the Villages and other senior public officials.

The upgrade of the San Juan to Cow Pen Road, 2.3 miles/ 3.7 km long was done at a total cost of €2 million EUR/$ 4 million BZD, under the Banana Accompanying Measures 2012 Programme (BAM). The objective of BAM is to foster social and economic development leading to the reduction of poverty, focusing on workers and families in the banana belt. In this regard, the road project will also significantly benefit villagers, communities, the Banana Industry and by extension the wider society of Belize.

Villagers of San Juan and Cow Pen depend directly on the Banana Industry for their livelihoods. Twenty of all bananas exported by Belize are produced by Go Banana Farms 1, 2, and 3. These farms are operated by approximately 600 workers with 70% of them residing in Cow Pen.