Belmopan and Benque Viejo del Carmen Town have upgraded market facilities following opening ceremonies last week in those communities.

The Benque Market is a new 200 square feet facility comprising six permanent stalls, each measuring 14 by 14 feet. Additionally there will be four roofed stalls with open sides for short term/daily rentals.

The stalls face the new plaza and connect to green areas and covered walkways and are already occupied.

The Belmopan Market entailed reconditioning the Civic Center and surrounding parking and green areas. It caters to 130 vendors.

The projects came about through the Belize Rural Development Project (BRDPII), a broad rural development initiative funded by the European Union and the Government of Belize.

The project began in February of 2010 and will run for six years. Its overall budget is around $41,340,000 and aims to promote economic growth and poverty reduction in rural communities.

The Reporter