Late last week, the agricultural staff visited the village of Concepcion as part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s tour of Corozal. There, they visited a farm owned by the Concepcion Vegetable Farmers Group (CVF). This group was started last year; it now has 27 members and plans to officially register as a cooperative in the near future.
“We have carrots, cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes and zucchini,” said chairman Orlando Ek as he gave the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai and his staff a tour of his farm which is part of the CVF.
For the 2020-2021 season, the Concepcion Vegetable Farmers Group produced over 95,000 pounds of onions, 57,000 pounds of carrots, 100,000 pounds of tomatoes, 130,000 pounds of cabbage, 20,000 pounds of hot pepper and 108,000 pounds of watermelon valued at just under $500,000.
According to breakingbelizenews.com¸ Ek explained that they had been testing different varieties of carrots and abandoned one particular type because it looked pale, and people like bright orange. “Last year we noticed that San Carlos (Orange Walk) was planting in February and we only planted in January,” Ek said, adding that they tried it and it worked well.
The CVF also plants onions and said to Minister Mai and his staff that the restriction on importation has helped them considerably. “When importation was stopped, the onion farmers, we had a good crop from January to March. Over the last month prices went down but we are at the tail end of the season,” Orlando Ek said.
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