As a result of the current sugar cane market challenges facing farmers of the industry, the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association (CSCPA) continues with the implementation of programs which are positively impacting its farmers in the field sector. This year, the CSCPA has embarked on a second annual fertilizer and agrochemical program which will positively impact the production of all its farmer members.
This program also goes hand in hand with our Fairtrade certification and the association’s commitment to corresponding norms and criterias. The program has received great applause and appreciation from all cane farmers. The sugar industry markets continue to look very grim for this present crop year and the CSCPA has the commitment of achieving sustainable sugar cane production for all farmers at a time when they need it the most.
PSCPA Empowering Women Through Health Education & Financial Literacy
From August to November 2017, PSCPA implemented a project, utilizing premiums from Fairtrade, targeted at Sugar Cane Female Farmers. The project was carried out in the four zones of the association: Guinea Grass, San Estevan, Cristo Rey and San Roman. The project targeted 60 females (15 from each zone) between the ages of 18 to 70. The following objectives were achieved through the project:
• Improved the quality of life of women through education & awareness and provision of health care services.
• Improved their sexual and reproductive health knowledge
• Empowered these female farmers with financial skills to be an asset to their family farming business.
• Enhanced awareness of possible diseases and health risks so they can mitigate these problems with time.
The project helped women take advantage of opportunities that benefited them and their families, prepared them for the labor force and also helped them understand their legal and
reproductive rights. The project was considered a success.
Protect your Health when Using Pesticides
Pesticides can enter the body through the skin pores and when breathing. Eating, drinking and smoking are not allowed in contaminated areas. You can be exposed to pesticides when mixing or applying pesticides, spillage and damaged containers.
Remember to always use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ensure they are in