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Construction of the Corozal Wholesale Farmer's Market

The public and the media are hereby informed of the inauguration of the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2013 - Construction of the Corozal Wholesale Farmer's Market, on the 1st December 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Corozal Wholesale Farmer's Market, Corozal Town.

The Construction of the Corozal Wholesale Farmer's Market worth a total of $384,032.00 was financed by the European Union through funds from the AMS 2013 programme.

Two objectives of the Sugar Adaptation Strategy under the AMS 2013 are to foster diversification of the agricultural production base in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts and to minimize the overall macroeconomic impacts on the communities of the Orange Walk and Corozal districts that result from reductions in the guaranteed prices for Belize's sugar exports and competition in a more liberalized market.

The Market is the centre where farmers bring their produce to sell. The newly constructed wholesale market will offer adequate facilities for the vendors, and so will improve and enhance their quality of life and the economy. The building presents the vendors with a sheltered structure and amenities.

Minister of Agriculture, Honorable Godwin Hulse; Minister of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, Public Service, Energy & Public Utilities, Honorable Hugo Patt; Mayor of Corozal Town, Mr. Hilberto Campos; National Authorizing Officer, Mrs. Yvonne Hyde; along with Nicolaus Hansmann representing Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Belize, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, will officiate at the function. Representatives of Contracting firm, Teichroeb & Sons Ltd.; as well as other senior public officials will also participate in the ceremony.

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Corozal Farmer's Market was inaugurated this morning

Wholesale Farmers Market is now open for farmers to come and sell their own products in Corozal. Everyone gathered at the new Farmers Market in Corozal. This morning a Ceremony was made to inagurate the new market so the farmers can sell their products to locals. It commenced at 9:30am. This new Market will help hard working farmers to sell there fruits, vegetables and other products cheaper. And, it will benfit from the locals, instead of crossing to Chetumal to buy products it will be even cheaper buying it from this market in Corozal

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A Market For Corozal Farmers

Today in Corozal, a new Wholesale Farmer's Market was inaugurated. It was financed by the European Union through funds from the Accompanying Measures for Sugar. The idea is to encourage diversification of the agricultural production base in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts - to get away from simply that mono-crop of sugar - because world prices are going down.

Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse says the new market will offer an opportunity to farmers:..

Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture
"People buy and sell produce. Produce come from people also, from the farmers which my ministry represents, people growing, people toiling in the sun, people putting their sweat and blood and having to bring those produce and for the most part in this country a middle man grabs it and he makes all the money, because what he does he says well I can't pay you so much because by the end of the day I would not have sold it, so he makes sure that if he buys it at 5 in the morning, by 9 he made all his money and on the rest he can give away, but he doesn't gives it away, he keeps it going on. He doesn't even give it to children homes, because that's what traders do. It's a part of our system and our structure. But the toil, the blood, the labor of the farmer is generally unrecognized and he gets the least and he puts the most. That is always the problem."

"So what this represents is an opportunity to change that paradigm a little bit and to ensure that the sweat and blood is rewarded by his contact with the consumer who comes here. Even though we say wholesale market, these things merfe into retail. So that is really what a market is about."

The new Market is valued at $384 thousand dollars.

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