Ministry of Agriculture Holds Recognition Ceremony for 29 Belizeans Who Completed Colombia’s Agricultural Labor Technical Training Program

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Posted: Friday, July 29, 2022. 3:47 p.m. CST.

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By Ruben Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) on Friday held a recognition ceremony at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan for the 29 Belizeans who completed the Agricultural Labor Technical Training Program in Colombia .

The 29 from the districts of Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo and Toledo returned to Belize last week after an intensive 84-day training program at Fundación Panaca in the South American country.

Minister José Abelardo Mai congratulated the 29 agricultural work technicians who took what he described as an intensive course in agriculture and animal production with practical activities. Mai said no agriculture class should be easy because farming, in itself, is hard work.

He also thanked the Colombian government which sponsored the course through the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation (APC Colombia) and reiterated that the new technicians were trained by the best specialized professionals and experts in the field of agriculture by the Fundación Panaca.

“We are ready to make a difference,” said Noemi Romero at the recognition ceremony.

Romero said that during the course, they encountered many challenges that they thought were impossible, but were able to complete the course successfully. They learned, shared and lived among diverse farmers and students from eight different countries, learning new skills and methods to use in Belize’s agricultural sector.

In total, the 29 Belizeans and 240 students from the eight participating countries completed 766 hours of work and study over the 84 days from April to July, Fundación Panaca said.

All 29 new agricultural labor technicians received certificates from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Business.

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