Posted By: Marty
Notice to Farmers of Contingency Emergency Response Component - 10/15/20 10:53 AM
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture through the Contingency Emergency Response Component is informing all Eligible registered farmers that the disbursement of Cash transfer relief funds is expected to roll out any time soon.
Eligible farmers for this cash relief are all Female farmers, and male farmers cultivating 20 acres or less, who registered from June 2018 to May 2020 in the Belize Agriculture Information Management System (BAIMS).
The disbursement process is as follow:
• Beneficiaries will be required to collect their Heritage Bank ATM debit card in person at the Agriculture Department in their district.
• A Valid Identification card is required when collecting the ATM Card.
• To redeem funds beneficiaries are asked to use the pin number sent to their cell phone number.
• All beneficiaries are required to Adhere to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols
The Ministry of Agriculture continues to encourage unregistered farmers to register and be a part of the Belize Agriculture Information management System.
Posted By: Marty
Re: Notice to Farmers of Contingency Emergency Response Component - 10/20/20 10:25 AM
Notice to Farmers for Cash Transfer Program
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture informs all farmers who qualify for cash support under the Contingency Emergency Response Component to visit their district agriculture office to collect their relief funds. Farmers are advised to adhere to COVID-19 protocols when doing so.
Farmers eligible for this cash support include:
All female farmers who registered in the Belize Agriculture Information Management System between June 2018 to April 2020
All male farmers cultivating 20 acres of land or less and registered in the Belize Agriculture Information Management System between June 2018 to April 2020
• Beneficiaries are required to collect their Heritage Bank ATM debit card in person at the Agriculture Department in their district.
• A valid identification card is required when collecting the ATM debit card.
• To redeem funds, beneficiaries are asked to use the PIN sent to their cell phone number.
The dates of disbursement by the districts are as follows:
October 20th, 2020- Stann Creek and Belize districts
October 21st, 2020- Corozal District
October 22nd, 2020- Orange Walk and Toledo districts
October 23rd, 2020- Cayo District
For more information, farmers should call the respective offices at the following numbers:
- Corozal: 402-2297
- Orange Walk: 343-2019
- Belize: 205-5087
- Cayo: 804-2079
- Stann Creek: 502-2514
- Toledo: 702-2689
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture continues to encourage unregistered farmers to register to be a part of the Belize Agriculture Information management System.
Posted By: Marty
Re: Notice to Farmers of Contingency Emergency Response Component - 02/25/21 11:39 AM
Contingent Emergency Response Component Phase II
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise through the Agricultural Subproject will be releasing phase two of its relief for registered farmers who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2019 drought.
The Agricultural Subproject is a part of the Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC) of the Belize Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project (BCRIP). It is a BZ$16 million project financed by the Government of Belize and the World Bank.
The three major components under this phase are Market Contraction, Drought Relief and Post-harvest Management. Farmers who are eligible for phase two components are as follows:
1. Market Contraction: Farmers across the country who registered in the Belize Agriculture Information Management System (BAIMS) from June 2018 to April 2020 and who produced commercial poultry, dairy cattle, pig, sheep, shrimp, pulses, grains such as yellow and white corn, beans (red kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans), and rice qualify for this support. Only farmers from the Stann Creek and Toledo districts will receive assistance for produce such as cabbages, melons, onions, potatoes, sweet peppers, sweet corn and tomatoes under market contraction assistance.
2. Drought Relief: Farmers operating in Cayo, Belize, Orange Walk, and Corozal districts registered in BAIMS from June 2018 to April 2020, who produced sugar cane and vegetables such as cabbages, onions, potatoes, sweet peppers, and tomatoes qualify for this support.
3. Post-harvest Management: Vegetable producers and agricultural cooperatives involved in the consolidation, packing, and distribution of products registered in BAIMS qualify for this support.
The disbursement process for phase two will be via a voucher system. Each farmer will be issued a voucher that is redeemable at pre-selected suppliers. The voucher includes a list of eligible items and the compensation value for each farmer. The voucher is not redeemable for cash.
Disbursement for phase two will take place between February and June 2021. Farmers are to provide proof of identity and an active contact number when visiting the Ministry of Agriculture offices. Please also adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.
For more information, please contact the following office numbers:
• Corozal: 402-2297
• Orange Walk: 654-2576
• Belize: 205-5087
• Toledo: 702-2689
• Cayo: 832-8977
• Stann Creek: 502-2514