Ya’axche builds a bridge; cacao farmers to benefit

By on June 11, 2018

Ya’axche builds bridge

Punta Gorda, TOLEDO. Monday, June 11, 2018. Cacao farmers who utilize a 936-acre agroforestry concession within the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve are the recipients of a piece of infrastructure that will greatly assist them in transporting their produce.

The 65-foot bridge at the entrance to the concession area was inaugurated on Friday of last week.

Bridge to assist cacao farmers

The bridge was constructed by the Ya’axche Conservation Trust with finding provided by the Global Environment Fund (GEF)-Small Grants Programme in Belize.

31 farmers, who are members of the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association stand to benefit from this new bridge, which is being put into service in advance of the commencement of cacao harvesting for the 2018-2019 period, which also falls within the rainy season.

According to a statement from Ya’axche “it is estimated that 90,000 pounds of wet cacao beans will be harvested in the next season as the cacao trees continue to mature.”

Ya’axche says that “in addition, 28000 fingers of plantains, 1050 pounds of corn and 1000 pounds of peppers have been harvested.”



Cacao farmers celebrate new bridge

Primary School students attend inauguration of new bridge

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