Farming communities to improve irrigation systems
Several farming communities across Belize are improving their irrigation systems. That’s the main objective of a memorandum of agreement, which was inked by the Ministries of Economic Development and Rural Development and the Resilient Rural Belize Programme. This agreement strengthens the relationships between the ministries and thus, helping the programme to provide the support needed in the selected communities. For the remainder of this fiscal year, the agreement provides seven farming cooperatives these water wells. Chief Executive Officers Dr. Osmond Martinez and Valentino Shal for the ministries explained.
Dr. Osmond Martinez, CEO, Ministry of Economic Development: “We have the ability to use the limited resources that the government of Belize has and today we signed the moa and it lends itself to be able to provide a service to the needy farmers and farmers that live below the poverty line who need help but the service is one that will introduce science and technology to their fields.”
Valentino Shal, CEO, Ministry of Rural Transformation: “Our ambition is a lot greater then just a few wells but these wells are very important as Dr. Flowers pointed out for irrigation and this represents a small element of the interventions that we are making in rural development and agricultural development in Belize. We also need to look at roads for farmers, we need to look at storage for farmers, we need to look at new technologies for farmers and access to land especially for young farmers and we need to expand the overall productivity of the agriculture sector.”
The lead for the RRB Program, Dr. Geraldo Flowers added that there are plans to further increase the number of wells in the next fiscal year.
Dr. Geraldo Flowers, Programme Manager, RRB Project: “This signing is very very important for the resilient rural beliefs program because it actually begins or it becomes the impetus for the start of a very important part of the program which has been lacking for a while which is the irrigation component of the program. This memorandum of understanding provides funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development the Geen Climate Fund, the Government of Belize and the beneficiaries themselves to provide resistivity testing and drilling of eight wells dispersed across the country.”
The irrigation wells are being constructed for the farming cooperatives in the villages of Xaibe and Concepción in Corozal; Trio and San Jose in Toledo; Seven Miles El Progresso in Cayo; Cow Pen in Stann Creek and Maskall in the Belize District.