Inauguration of the Headquarters Building for the Sugar Industry Research And Development Institute Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

The Government of Belize (GOB), the European Union (EU), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) conducted an “Inauguration Ceremony” for the Building which will serve as the Headquarters for SIRDI on Monday May 19, 2014 at the SIRDI building site located between miles 66 and 67 along the Phillip Goldson Highway, near the village of Buena Vista in the Corozal District.

The construction of the building was financed with grant funds contributed by the EU through its Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) Program and financial support from the Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB) at an estimated cost of BZ $655,000.00 (six hundred fifty five thousand Belize dollars). The construction was managed by IICA within the framework of the project “Institutional Support for Strengthening of SIRDI” being implemented by IICA through Contribution Agreement #DCI-SUCRE-2011/275984 signed between IICA and the EU in May 2012.

The location of the building is strategically centralized between the Districts of Corozal and Orange Walk to facilitate access for SIRDI services to cane farmers and stakeholders of the sugar industry. SIRDI is a technical organization that provides research and extension services to cane farmers to support improved productivity and quality of sugar cane produced in Belize. The new building will serve a critical infrastructural component to support efficiency in delivery of services provided by SIRDI.

The keynote speaker was Honorable Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime and Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Special guests included EU Ambassador, Paola Amadei; Mrs. Jean Lowry; Representative IICA Office in Belize; Officials from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association; Belize Sugar Industries/American Sugar Refinery Group, SIRDI; Sugar Industry Control Board; members of the Diplomatic Corps and the cane farming community.