Corozal Cattle Group is working to become a cooperative under the Department of Cooperatives

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Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2022. 6:17 p.m. CST.

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By Ruben Morales Iglesias: The Department of Cooperatives had a outdoor meeting Tuesday with the Corozal Cattle Group and representatives of the Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA) in Ranchito, Corozal.

According to the Department of Cooperatives, the Corozal Cattle Group has expressed interest in registering as a cooperative. So far, the group has participated in a number of preliminary workshops, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) said.

Last Friday, the Orange Walk Beekeepers Group Orange Walk became the Orange Walk Beekeepers Co-operative Society Ltd, a fully-fledged co-operative registered with the Department of Co-operatives.

According to cooperatives registrar Gareth Murillo, the Orange Walk beekeeping group had to go through eight different training sessions before being allowed to become a cooperative. Currently, Murillo said two Corozal groups, namely Concepcion Vegetable Farmers and Northern Sustainable Agro Producers of Xaibe, will qualify to become cooperatives in early June.

The eight training sessions are subdivided into four main themes: organizational development, financial literacy and personal development, entrepreneurial development and the structure, administration and finances of the cooperative model.

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