Million Dollar Chocolate Museum for Toledo District Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

The Toledo District will benefit from a significant economic investment which will create educational and job opportunities for its residents. The Toledo Cacao Growers Association (TCGA) has received a grant of €500,000 or BZ,250,000 through the Belize Rural Development Project II. This grant will be used for the construction of the Maya House of Cacao and Chocolate Museum.

The Maya House of Cacao will be an educational and cultural resource center which will educate local students, tourists and Belizeans. The facility will also provide a venue for marketing locally made cacao products to visitors of the southern districts. Other activities under this grant include farm management training, cacao field rehabilitation, business basics and entrepreneurship training, and value-added processing training. This project has allowed farmers to learn improved farm management practices and TCGA has already seen the improvement of plants and increase in cacao production.

The Belize Rural Development Project II is funded by the European Union and the Government of Belize. The European Union is contributing $1,000,000 of the grant to the TCGA and the Government of Belize is contributing $250,000. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, on the San Antonio Highway.