By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
Cattle farmers from the River Valley area have a new communal livestock holding facility in Willows Bank Village to help mitigate the effects of climate change on the industry.
The facility, built at a cost of $71,500, came through joint collaboration of the Global Climate Change Alliance, the European Union, the United Nations Development Program and the Government of Belize.
As part of the effort to improve Belize’s climate resilience, there are several components including food security and building resilience among cattle producers.
The initiative aims to reduce the vulnerability of the livestock industry for small and medium size livestock holders and local producers in the Belize district.
As part of the project, the Belize River Valley Livestock Enterprise Association acquired 50 acres of land and the facility was completed in January. The facility is meant to be used during time of flood or drought for a minimum of 90 days per year.
The facility will be open to all farmers for them to weigh, fatten and sell their animals. All services provided are expected to have a minimum cost to ensure the sustainability of the facility.
Representatives from the government including Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Gaspar Vega, representatives from the EU, GCCA and relevant stakeholders were present for the handing over ceremony this week.