Youths engaged in Agriculture in Belmopan Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

Another one week Summer course in Agriculture was launched on Monday July 31 at the main pavilion of the National Agriculture Show Grounds near Roaring Creek Village in Belmopan. Some 75 kids from surrounding villages such as Armenia, Camalote, Cotton Tree, Frank’s Eddy, Las Flores, Roaring Creek, St. Mathews, Teakettle and Valley of Peace are participating to increase their learning in agriculture.

Since 2016, the Department of Agriculture and Police have joined forces to engage the youths in agriculture. Noel Leal, Assistant Commissioner of Police was present and greeted the youngsters on behalf of the Commissioner of Police. He said that the program may be expanded next year to include youths from San Ignacio and the Belize River Valley. Chief Agriculture Officer Andrew Harrison was also present and promised the youths that during this week they will be engaged with fun activities such as visiting the Spanish Lookout Area to learn on how poultry and milk are produced. “A fed Nation is a happy Nation,” Andrew Harrison told the young people.

Senator, Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture also joined in engaging the youth with an energetic talk and also asked, “How many young men and women want to be a farmer?” Hon. Godwin Hulse encouraged the young people to learn as much as they can. He said that there is also much fun in learning; especially in learning how to make all of God’s creatures grow better.

Belarmino Esquivel, Master of Ceremonies at Monday’s event estimates that the average age of farmers in Belize is 65 years. The young extension officer from the Department of Agriculture, who reaches out to farmers across Belize to improve on their crop output, surmises that this week’s event to engage our youths in agriculture is important, given that “…agriculture is the bedrock of the Belizean economy.