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Jul 15, 2019

A Summer Programme to Develop Agriculture for Young Minds

A two-week summer programme with a focus on agriculture concluded over the weekend with lots of fun activities for the budding farmers.  As many as two hundred young people took part in the annual programme which teaches them different aspects of agriculture, which is one of the key pillars of the economy. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The fourth annual Youth Engaging in Agriculture initiative concluded over the weekend with a ceremony followed by a rodeo that included horse parade, a dog show, calf roping, pole pending and livestock show as well as a greasy pig contest and more. Hundreds of children from the Belize and Cayo Districts participated in the two weeks camp, but on Saturday they were in the company of their parents and others to celebrate the milestone.


Gary Ramirez, NATS Coordinator

“We had over two hundred young people from the Cayo District and the Belize District over the past two weeks here with us at the show grounds learning different technical training as it pertains to agriculture development. They did gardening, a little bit of agro-processing; they did livestock, they did tilapia [farming] and they also did a little bit of fruit trees where we brought out some plants and had the kids plant some trees around the show grounds. So years to come from now, they will be able to visit those trees to say well I planted that here.”


Linden Flowers

Sr. Supt. Linden Flowers, Western Regional Commander, B.P.D.

“The Agricultural Ministry along with their rodeo enthusiasts and participants are putting off a rodeo show for them where the children are involved in different games and activities and the rodeo persons are doing bull riding, sack race, greasy pole, pole pending and they get the opportunity to experience horse and growth and so on. So it has been a tremendous experience.”


The agricultural summer programme is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Belize Police Department. And the students were chosen by members of the community policing unit.


Sr. Supt. Linden Flowers

“This is a project which started four years ago with the then Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett from the Belmopan area—the then Belmopan commander—where he teamed with the Ministry of Agriculture for this successful programme so this is the fourth year and two years that we invited into this programme, the Belize District persons. They were selected by the Community Policing Unit in the area; so it is a very successful thing.”


The goal is that the programme to be rolled out regionally and will be replicated to accommodate the northern districts and the southern region the country.


Gary Ramirez

“The long term plan is for it to be done nationally, but in regional areas, meaning there will be a northern base, a central base and a southern base part of the camp.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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