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Harvest for Kids hits bumper crop

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Farmers in Spanish Lookout harvested over 2,000 sacks of corn today, in support of the Harvest for Kids initiative, hosted by the organization, Belize Camping Experience (BCE).

The harvest gathered eight harvesters and four semi trucks to plow around 37 acres of corn. Alexander Perez, BCE’s director, explained that the wet-yield for the harvest was around 80 sacks of corn per acre, but the value will reduce to about 70 sacks once the corn has been dried. The estimated total for the harvest is 2,590 sacks.

“This was the best harvest I’ve ever seen. There wasn’t enough room to hold all the corn because it was a bumper crop,” Perez said. The farmers said that this is the best harvest that they have seen for this year.”

The farmers donated the corn and the machinery to BCE, which then sells it to fund its various community initiatives targeting at-risk youth in Belize City. Many of the children in BCE’s programs, along with their families, attended the harvest event and walked along the cornfield harvesting the leftover corn with their hands.

Perez maintains that the organization continues to hold summer camps and other educational initiatives to effect change in Belize, through education.

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