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S.P The Belize Poultry Association (BPA):
S Although the poultry industry com-
menced organizing itself more than 20
years ago, it wasn't until 1996 that it was
formally registered as a non-profit or-
ganization. The majority of producers and thus its member-
ship come from the Mennonite communities of Spanish
Lookout in the Cayo District, Blue Creek and Shipyard in
the Orange Walk District and Little Belize in the Corozal
District. A few small producers raise some poultry outside
of these communities mainly for their own use or for local
processing and retail. The commercial farm productive sec-
tor is made up of 190 Broiler Producers; 180 table egg layer
producers, 16 broiler breeders, 1 table egg breeder).
The Poultry Industry is the largest Domestic industry in
Belize. It plays an important role in national employment
with more than 2500 persons employed across the industry.
This includes employment in the various sectors from
Breeders, hatcheries, broiler and egg production, processing
Continue on page 18



* Pitaya article... page 1o

* John Carr goes back to school... page 6

* Update on cattle export to Mexico...page 26


Taiwan Technical Mission

Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Belize Government signed
"The Agricultural Technology Cooperation Agreement" in
Taipei on October 15, 1990. The ROC Taiwan Technical Mis-
sion was sent to Belize in January 1991 to work with Govern-
ment and people of Belize in agricultural development. The
Mission has been engaged in Rice Seed Production, Vegetable
and Crop Production Improvement and Extension Projects. In
April 1991, a group was sent to Punta Gorda (Toledo), to work
in rice technology improvement and demonstration; in August
another group was sent to Belize City to work on a project of
aquaculture for shrimp cultivation. In January 1992, an exten-
sion team worked on a rice and horticulture project in Orange
Walk. In December 1999 the ROC Mission started the Agro-
Processing Project. After almost 20 years of agricultural tech-
nology cooperation, the ROC Mission has established a deep
foundation in agriculture, subject to the affirmation from Be-
lize people. At present, ROC Mission has four core projects:
Horticultural Crop Project, Rice Seed Production Project, Agro
-Processing Project and an Information and Communication
Technology Project (ICT).
Continue on page 8

Mission Statement;

The Belize Ag Report is an independent bi- monthly agricul-
ture newsletter. Our purpose is to collect, edit and dissemi-
nate information useful to the Belizean producer, large or
small. We invite opinions on issues, which are not necessarily
our own. Belize Ag neither solicits nor accepts political ads.

Nov-Dec 2009 BelizeAgReport.com 1 Harvesting the Ag News from All of Belize


DISEASE (Huanglongbing or HLB)

We are all familiar with CGA (Citrus Growers Assn), but less of
us with CREI the Citrus Research & Education Institute. In
2005, during regular citrus disease screening surveys, the vec-
tor (carrier of the bacteria) of HLB, the Asian Psyllid bug, was
found by CGA nursery employee Ery Burgos. Mr Fernando
Majil, another of the CGA team, identified the villain, and sent
it off to to Dr. Susan Halbert at U.Florida, Gainsville for con-
firmation. At that time, HLB was added to the list of potential
citrus diseases for which Belize must survey and test (other
diseases CGA are vigilant for include Leprosis [Guatemala and
all of C.A have, except Belize], Citrus Canker, and Citrus Vari-
gated Clerosis. )

CGA and CREI, along with BAHA and OIRSA (Regional Org.
for Plant & Animal Health), rightly suspected backyard trees
as the most likely place where HLB might make its appear-
ance. Laboratory confirmation of the disease in Belize, oc-
curred in May of this year, and, it was from backyard trees, not
a commercial grove. Why was this so? Speculation and experi-
ence concur that exotic diseases often gain entry via tourists -
fruit, plants, etc. smuggled into the country.

Where has HLB been confirmed in Belize? In Punta Gorda
Town, Corozal Town, Crooked Tree in Belize District, and
down south; the most heavily infested area detected is Hop-
kins Village, and speculation is that Hopkins may have been
the point of entry for Citrus Greening into Belize. Almost
every tree in Hopkins is infected. Since first detection, some
of the commercial groves have also become infected, but that
has not been quantified yet. The area around Middlesex has
cases, which superficially appear to decrease towards Belmo-
pan. One backyard tree has been confirmed by lab analysis in
Belmopan. No cases have been found from Roaring Creek and
westward, as of the last testing, which was 3 to 4 months ago.
The movement of citrus plants (see notice page 3) is illegal. It
is imperative to get the cooperation of the public to put the
brakes on HLB. The Peten, Guatemala has not diagnosed the

As another signal of warming relations between our countries,
CREI hosted and shared training techniques for identifying
symptoms of HLB with PROFRUTA, a division of the Guate-
malan Agriculture Ministry, in late September of this year. In
Mexico, HLB has been confirmed only in Tizimin, Q.R.

When the EMBRAPA (Brazil's Ag Research/Education giant)
sent a team to Belize in July of this year, Dr. Juliana Freitas-
Astua, a citrus expert accompanied the team. She pointed out
that HLB is something we all have to learn to live with there
will be no eradication of this disease, in Brazil, or Belize, or

It is a question of minimizing damages and constant vigilance
from now on. CREI/CGA has a well trained staff in country,
already astute in field diagnoses of HLB. Ms. Veronica Majil
of CREI, says that well trained people can attain a 98% accu-
racy rate that is, field diagnosis confirmed in the lab. Ms.
Majil, trained by University of Florida, says that we already
have Belizeans here who she feels have around 95% accuracy.
(We might include Ms. Majil in that group.)

Belize Ag understands that there are new Statutory Instru-
ments pending, which may increase GOB's mandate on dis-
ease control measures for HLB. In Brazil, 'symptomatic' trees
are mandated by law to be removed, and the owner is given 2
days for compliance. After that, a Brazilian gov't team will
return, remove the tree, and send the owner a bill for services.
In Belize, we are still in the learning stage, and figuring out
what will be our approach, which would then be implemented
by BAHA. CGA recommends that trees should be removed
and destroyed a.s.a.p. after diagnosis. Merely cutting the in-
fected limb will NOT be effective the entire tree must be re-
moved. The stump may remain, and herbicide applied to it.
Care should be taken to select a chemical which will not dam-
age the roots of other trees nearby.

A task force is working in country now, and will make their
report and recommendations for action before the end of
2009. Belizeans will have noted that September 28th of this
year, SAGARPA and SENASICA, approved transfer from
OIRSA-Mexico of $700,ooo.USD to OIRSA -Belize. This is to
be used to assist the citrus industry in containment of HLB.
More information on HLB is available at all the Ministry of
Agriculture field stations countrywide, and on CGA's website

The Belize Ag Report wishes to thank both Dr. Juliana Freitas-
Astua of EMBRAPA, and Ms. Veronica Majil and Dr. Stephen
Williams of CREI/CGA for their assistance with this article.
Issue #5, Jan-Feb 2010 will feature a Citrus Production article
by Dr. Williams.

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Dear Editor,

It's interesting for me to read the BAR, specially all about
organic farming. Is it possible to raise milk cows in a
'natural way'? I mean, to treat them with natural medicine
in case of ticks and parasites or mastitis? It seems to be
special in this tropical country- a difficult thing.

Yours Sincerely,
Angelika Schiemann
Cayo District

Dear Mrs. Schiemann,

We ask our readers to share their knowledge with us all. We
do know a family in Pilgrimage Valley who use Colloidal Sil-
ver for internal parasite control with horses and dogs.
Another interesting fact we have come across, is that cattle
which are fed with 'omega 3' feed (i.e. salvia hispanica meal,
byproduct after oil taken out), have remarkably less veteri-
nary issues. The article where we gleaned that fact, was ac-
tually bragging about the greatly reduced methane output
from these bovines (re global warming pollution),
hence the added health benefits were not targeted, but were
noted as quite remarkable (dairy farm in Vermont,
U.S.A.). Is anyone in Belize feeding ANY livestock
with omega 3 feeds?? Even if fish, we want to know.
We ask readers to send in your info/experiences, and we
will print what we can either in the Editorial section, the
Ask Rubber Boots section or as a separate article.
Thanks for bringing such a fascinating topic to our
attention. Editor

Dear Editor,

I live in Teakettle village and I see hundreds of loads a
oil going past mi house every month. I know nothing bout
oil, but I asked a kinda smart Mennonites man and he tell
me they were pumping 9 wells a 500 or 6oo barrels a day.
That would be maybe 5000 barrels a day and he said that the
world price da bout $150.00 a barrel. Wow, that's $750,000
everyday every 30 days that's$22,500oo,ooo every
month .Now this oil business has been going on for several
years and I would like to see some numbers showing how
much a month and what percent the oil company get and
what percent G.O.B get. Also what is Spanish Lookout
share .I know this government promise transparency and to
fight corruption -when you don't get di information you
could get suspicious .I know that there are some court or
constitution issues that the G.O.B. says will be more fair for
the people fair could begin with sharing the numbers with
di people.

Michael James Usher

Nov-Dec 2009 BelizeAgReport.com

IImportant Notice

Belize Ag Report visited CREI at CGA (Citrus
Growers Association) who reminded us that, as
published in their CitriScope,
Aug-Sept 2009 issue:


Until Further notice it is illegal to move citrus or lami-
naria (orange jasmine) plants anywhere in Belize. This
ban has been imposed through the signing of a Statutory
Instrument (SI) by the Minister of Agriculture and has
become necessary to reduct the possibility of spreading
the devastating citrus disease, citrus greening, through
It is likely that some citrus or laminaria nursery plants
are infected with greening disease and the fastest way of
spreading the disease is by moving plants around the
country. Growers, nursery owners and members of the
public will be kept informed of any changes in the status
of this regulation.

Belize Ag Report, P.O. Box 150, San Ignacio, Cayo,
Belize, Central America

Phone: 663-6777 & 664- 7272

Editor: Beth Roberson
Assistant Editor: John Carr
Technical Manager: Jane Beard
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Organic Production

Reflecting Journal...

This month I would like to take a break from the normal direc-
tion that the previous articles have taken. This month I would
like to give my personal triumphs and failures in relation to
getting to the goal of viable organic production.

Our team tested many different plant types to seek the best
appropriate cultivars for full production growth in Be-
lize. Many test results were less than desirable, but from the
failures, we developed an immense knowledge base to pro-
gress. We were told of many products that would not work in
the soils of Belize, but due to our persistence in discovering the
results for ourselves, we forged ahead. Our progress was
slightly hampered by the fact that it takes time to build the
soils to sustain adequate organic farming results. We started
with soils that had never been farmed, and then incorporated
many organic ingredients to start the process of building the
soils to the level that they would enhance the plant they were
nourishing. This process cannot happen over night by throw-
ing down a few items, but over a long period of time. But, once
the soil is built, the microbial activity in the soil will perpetu-
ally produce great results with minimal input. The reason be-
hind discussing this process is to ensure that starting with or-
ganics will not give instant results, but the results will increase
every planting. The current status of the soils we farm are
reaching levels that we now approve as acceptable. The hard
work that is required in the beginning conversion of soils, de-
creases at the same rate as the performance of the soil in-
creases. For reference, refer back to the article in the first edi-
tion of the Belize Ag Report about "Visiting the Bank".

Now that our soils are producing, we are revisiting some of the
specialty plants that have an opportunity to make a difference
in Belize. Currently, Asparagus and Strawberries are growing
very well. We have had success with Stevia and Moringa,
which products are targeted as a Sugar Substitute and Nutri-
tional Supplement, (Fresh Moringa cooked as Spinach is won-
derful). Both of the products will require education for the
consumer to understand the amazing health benefits for the
products. We tested two different types of peanuts for organic
production, and both species grew well, but production was
low due to the soils not reaching the feeding potential that it is
now. The new planting of peanuts are flourishing.

Until now, I have not discussed the insect impact on our or-
ganic methods, but I do want to get to that part now. To be
honest, it was very hard to watch a seedling protrude from the
ground, and be amassed in beetles, white flies and other vora-
cious critters, but with some patience and companion planting,
the beneficial insects moved in. Due to my impatience, we still
planted and started growing pyrethrum to attack the critters if
necessary. Fortunately, I have not had to resort to utilizing the
spray from the pyrethrum as of yet, but we have it ready if nec-
essary. So, for the insect learning process, the little critters
taught me a lot about being patient.

Our education with powdery mildew and fungus was given
to us in one of the hardest courses we could take. We watched
3 acres of squash and watermelons wither away due to the fun-

Nov-Dec 2009 BelizeAgReport.com

gus attacks. Now we have added the Corn Meal to the soils and
have great producing squash and melons. We carried the Corn
Meal treatment forward to other crops and have had wonderful
results. I highly recommend that you read the article about
Corn Meal in the previous Belize Ag Report, it does work very,
very well.

The biggest set back we have experienced is something that we
cannot control, but can avoid. Tomato Leaf Curl Virus deci-
mated the various Tomato plants we were testing. There is no
solution with the exception of growing Tomatoes that are resis-
tant to the virus. We have now changed to grow the specific
resistant plants and they are flourishing.

I would like to say that many farmers have stopped by to visit
with me, and the passion for organic production is recognized
on their face. For the production of Organic products to in-
crease in the country of Belize, we all have to share our failures
and successes together. Stop and visit, I will gladly share my
experiences with you.

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COMING SOON to the ONLINE BelizeAgReport.com
A Directory of Ag Assn's, Ag Ngo's, AgriBusinesses, Farms, and Individuals
snail mail, email, telephone, website, contact persons
look for us before 2009 ends, and expanding greatly in the new year!


Chess? Agriculture? The common factor of these two is brain nutrition The benefits from learning chess
are important to mental health just as food is important to physical health.


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Discipline Concentration Patience
Ability to lear from Mistakes
Math Development Pattern Recognition
Problem Solving Memory improvement Sportsmanship
Critical Thinking English Skills Creativity
Planning Ahead Team Spirit Communication Abilities
Empathy for others Responsibility for Actions
Persistence Logical Reasoning Commitmtent
Academic Competition for A II
Social Skills Ability to strategize Cultural Enrichment
Decision Making Analyzing Actions A Consequences
Dealing with Undesirable Situations

Our Belize Chess Program impressed even the international Grandmaster of Chess
Maurice Ashley. who was the key speaker for the Educator's Symposium that took
place on Oct 10. 2009 in Seorge Price Center. There were 325 people from all over
the country in attendance to hear his thoughts on Benefits of chess.

If you school doesn't have the chess club. your child is missing all those benefits...
How do you start the club in your school? We can schedule training sessions for the
teachers, principals and parents and that will enable them to start their own dubs!
6et involved in our Adventure of chess!
E-mail Ella Anderson. Program Director, with questions or requests at

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Integration of Belize into the Multilateral
and Regional Trading System

I had the privilege of attending a 9 day session on learning
about trade between countries around the world. This very
special school was sponsored by the OAS (Organization of
American States) and held at the UB campus in Belize City.
Belize is a member of the WTO (World Trade Organization)
and Caricom (Caribbean Community). They talked a lot about
Trade Liberalization which means eventually doing away with
Tariffs, Quotas and Subsidies. The object is to level the play-
ing field for all. But there will always need to be negotiation
between countries that will need to consider food shortage,
weather and war factions, environmental issues and control-
ling the movement of people and animals for disease and
sanitary reasons (sensitive areas).

I believe I learned quite a bit about "What Negotiators Do and
How They Think". If a country sends unprepared negotiators
to the table and the other side has 6 trained people, you can
guess the outcome. A teacher told us that 95% of the success
of a trade negotiation is in the preparation. Governments
usually do the trades, but private sector needs to encourage

The original Guatemala/Belize PSA (Partial Scope Agree-
ment) was signed on the Belize side on June 26 2006- the
Guatemalan Congress signed in October, 2009. This PSA is
probably 60 pages long, (you can find it on line). This is the
part about yellow (Maize) corn- Tariff line 1005.90.20-
20,000 Metric tons- In Quota duty 0%- 3% of annual growing

for 5 years. Black Beans- Tariff line- 0713.33.10-875 metric
tons- In Quota duty 0%- 3% annual growing for 5 years.

This document is quite complicated for a cowboy, but I
learned a lot about what is very important. The Rules of Ori-
gin, and the Sanitary and Phytosanitary rules and measures.
These apply to every export and while they try to standardize,
their may be some unavoidable differences. I sat under a very
highly intellectual group of teachers from all over this hemi-
sphere. They came from Argentina to Canada, but a Belize/
Caribbean twist was always there.

By John Carr Banana Bank Ranch

Banana Bank Auction

Banana Bank held its horse and bull sale on Oct 3rd 2009.
There was a fairly large crowd (150 people), the bidding was
active and 33 horses and 3 simbrah bulls were sold. All the
animals had a painted number on their backs so that every-
body knew exactly what was happening. The top selling mare
was a great ex- Danny Wolfe horse. She brought $5,200 Bze.
The others ranged mostly from 650 to 1200. The bull bidders
were scarce and they brought $1400 and weighed about
1,ooo pounds. For a 1st sale of this type, the buyers and sellers
were happy. Isaac Wolfe was the auctioneer.

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Horticulture Crop Project: T

This project is mainly to (1) continue the demonstration farm
established by the Mission and Ministry of Agriculture in Cen-
tral Farm, by means of training courses and demonstration,
(2) counsel farmers in crop cultivation work, and (3) produce
fruit and vegetable seedlings to supply the farmers to plant.

To achieve the goal of a year-around market supply of fruits
and vegetables, ROC Mission in Cayo, Orange Walk, and the
Corozal Districts are setting up 10 covered structures to help
farmers produce good quality and high quantity vegetables in
the rainy season; for example, sweet peppers, onions, toma-
toes, and cucumbers.

ROC Mission has been counseling farmers groups to improve
production technology, and supplying diverse vegetable seed-
lings to increase market supply. The technology of organic
fertilizer production is important for reducing the use of
chemicals and the cost of crop production. In fruit production,
the ROC Mission is promoting Taiwan guava, papaya, pineap-
ple and sour sop, and assisting farmers with the potential
crops. At present, it is estimated that this project can result in
US $300,000 annual production, and can benefit about 200

Rice Seed Production Project:

Since 1991 the ROC Technical Mission in collaboration with
the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has been producing
commercially-grown rice seeds to provide to rice farmers of
the Toledo District. The Poppy Show Farm of Toledo Agricul-
ture Station grew rice seeds under irrigation condition. The
"Poppy Show" Commercial Rice Seed Production Project came
to a halt in 2006 when financing by the ROC Mission ended.
Due to the scarcity of rice seeds to supply farmers, the Minis-
try of Agriculture and Fisheries requested the assistance of
ROC for the evaluation and improvement of rice germplasm
and for the production of commercial rice seeds. The ROC
Mission restarted the project in December of 2008.

The Mission works along with MAF of Toledo, in the Poppy
Show Farm. Twenty-five acres of CARDI-7o, Taichung Sen-lo,
and Cypress have been planted. With the planting of these 25
acres the Mission has produced loo,ooo lbs of rice seed for
this year. Next year, the plan is to produce about 160,ooo lbs.
to enable 1,6oo acres of rice planting with a yield of about
5,000,000 lbs of rice, which can generate BZ$3,6oo,ooo for
the economy. The current plan is for MAF and ROC Mission to
expand the rice production to 600 acres in the Toledo District
and expand commercial rice seeds production in Blue Creek in
the Toledo District, which will be evaluated for meeting the
demand for rice seeds of the District. For the extension work
in Mango Creek and Mango Walk the Mission is assisting with
200 acres of rice production. The Mission also plans to coop-
erate with Grain Growers Association to increase rice produc-
tion to more than 600 acres.

The Mission, in collaboration with MAF in Central Farm, is
producing stock seeds to supply the Poppy Show commercial
rice seeds planting in Toledo. In Central Farm the Mission also
plans to develop the standards of procedure for cultivation

techniques and purification of rice seeds. Effective cultivation
management techniques developed by the Mission have the
potential to raise paddy rice production quantity and quality,
reduce production costs, increase farmer income, and stable
the rice price.

The final aim of the Rice Seed Production Project is exporta-
tion to other Central America and Caribbean countries.

Agro-Processing Project:

Belize is rich in tropical fruits: bananas, papayas, pineapples,
mangos, oranges, etc. This project, which has been in exis-
tence for to years, is contributing to the diversification of Be-
lize's agricultural industry by developing value-added products
through food processing. The project involves researching and
developing processed food products with market potential,
training food processing technicians, transferring know-how
in building food factories to local enterprises, and upgrading
the level of existing small and medium-sized food manufactur-

In 2006, the
Mission col-
a laborated with
the Ministry of
S Agriculture
and Ministry of
Education in
promoting the
School Snack
Program, using
rejected export
fruits of pine-
apple, banana,
and papaya, to produce dehydrated fruit chips. This project
not only resolves the problem of the rejected fruits, but also
increases the nutrition of school children. Through the Agro-
Processing Project 300,000 packages of dehydrated fruits
(6og/package) were produced for the School Snack Program
by the end of 2008, providing 5,000 school children with nu-
tritious lunch snacks.
In 2009, the Mission continues to collaborate with the Minis-
try of Agriculture, developing a new drink product to supple-
ment the School Snack Program. The plan for 2009 also in-
cludes initiating cooperation with some international organi-
zations, such as UNDP and BRDP, to upgrade the food proc-
essing technology in Belize. Of special interest is to help the
community of Flowers Bank improve the cohune oil process-
ing procedure. This project also includes providing a food sci-
ence information technology class to ITVET.

ROC Mission's targets are to provide the processing technol-
ogy and knowledge to promote the food processing industry
and community processing groups, e.g. San Antonio Women's
Group, Osh Mu Kaab Women's Group, Esperanza Women's
Group (Cayo District). The Mission also plans to organize
women's groups in Corozal and Orange Walk Districts to assist
with the production of fermented products.

Article by ROC Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize

Article continues in online edition on page 33

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BRDP invest in Agricultural and Rural Development

Contributed by Dr Marcelino Avila

BRDP supports the sustainable economic growth of Belizean
rural areas by empowering the rural poor and investing with
them to create wealth in order to eliminate their poverty. Pro-
jects supported by BRDP are proposed by potential beneficiar-
ies who decide on what the BRDP grant will be invested and
how their 25% contribution will be made. They implement the
projects with the technical assistance and mentoring of BRDP
and its partners. BRDP invest in capacity building for enter-
prise development, infrastructure and on improving policies
and institutions for rural development. To date BRDP has in-
vested in some ill villages through 298 micro-grants to very
poor families, 42 small grants to rural groups, 11 small grants
to rural institutions, 8 large grants mainly to NGOs, and 3 in-
frastructure contracts. The latter 3 include the Cayo Market,
Middlesex Bridge and Valley of Peace Road.
BRDP is funded by the European Union and the
Government of Belize under the 9th European
Development Fund, with a budget of approximatley
Bze $ 18 million. The present program ends in 2010oo,
and a new phase under the loth European
Development Phase is expected to start in 201oo with
an approximate budget of Bze $ 28 million. The
partners of BRDP include ministries or departments (e.g.
Economic Development, Agriculture, Works, Cooperatives,
Rural Development, Women, Youth, TDC), semi-autonomos
organizations (e.g. UB, SIF, BAHA and Beltraide), NGOs (e.g.
membership associations (e.g. Toledo Teachers CU, CGA,
BLPA, La Inmaculada & St Francis Xavier CUs), and the
international organizations (e.g. UNDP and CARDI).
To promote rural development, the diagram below shows what
interventions and innovations must be planned, implemented
and supported with investments in a coordinated, sequenced
and monitored manner to boost the rural economy, whether it
is agriculture, tourism, small industry, natural resources, other
services, or building linkages among these sectors.

Challenges for rural development for poverty
reduction (BRDP)

In Belize today, agricultural development is a high
priority because it is essential for improving the livelihoods of
the rural people (about 50% of the population), especially the
rural poor (about 44% of the poor of the country). This can be
achieved by increasing production and productivity (good natu-
ral resources), income and employment (at least to $ 1,000 per
family per month), by enhancing food security (for several vul-
nerable groups in rural & urban areas) and reducing the food
import bill (stands now at $ 160 million every year), which could
mean a lot more money for local producers. In brief, agricultural
and rural development must be a high priority for making rural
communities more vibrant, dynamic and attractive, especially
for the youth of Belize, otherwise they will continue to migrate to
the urban areas.

Mailing address:
BRDP, P.O.Box 107
Belmopan, Belize
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Pitayas Delicious, Nutritious, and a Chefs Delight

By Richard Rasp

Have you ever tasted the chilled purple flesh of pitaya? If you
have, chances are that you've eaten several since your first one.
More and more people are trying these gourmet fruits with
fuchsia-pink dragon-like scales and juicy flesh. They like their
bright colour, delicious melon-like flavour, and firm texture
with crunchy sesame-sized seeds. Of course, many resort chefs
appreciate the stunning splash of exotic colour that the pitaya
brings to a fruit plate -- and the delightful reaction of their
guests. We are fortunate that, unlike most places in the world, in
Belize you can usually find them at fruit stands and several lar-
ger supermarkets during the fruiting season from June to No-

Just what is a pitaya and where do they come from? Pitaya, also
known as pitahayaa" and "dragon fruit", is a climbing cactus
whose ancestors are native to Mexico, Central America, and
northern South America. You can find them growing on trees in
Belize. This native fruit was taken to Southeast Asia, where com-
mercial varieties were developed and later brought to Belize for
cultivation. One species of red-skinned pitaya (Hylocereus un-
datus) has white flesh, while the other more popular variety
(Hylocereus polyrhizus), and sports a reddish-purple interior.
Both have spineless fruits that range in size from about one-half
to two pounds. Besides their popularity as an attractive and deli-
cious fruit, pitayas are packed with nutrients.

A recent article in the American Journal of Applied Sciences
stated that red-fleshed pitayas are considered as a rich source of
nutrients and minerals such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C, pro-
tein, crude fibre, flavonoids, thiamine, niacin, pyridoxine, ko-
balamin, glucose, carotene, phosphorous, iron, calcium, potas-
sium, and phytoalbumins (highly valued for their antioxidant
properties). Researchers also found that pitayas help the diges-
tive process, neutralize toxic substances such as heavy metal,
and reduce cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Like beets, red-fleshed pitayas contain betalain pigments that
may help protect pitayas against fungi. Betalain is soluble in
water and used in industry to colour foods. In humans, it serves
as a powerful natural antioxidant, helping to neutralise free
radicals that can cause cancer and certain oxidative stress disor-
ders. Pitayas are the only betalin-containing fruit on the world

Research at Taiwan's National Chi-Nan University has found
pitayas are rich in polyphenols, good sources of antioxidants
that inhibit the growth of melanoma cancer cells.
Another health benefit involves the ability of the soluble fibres
in pitaya fruit to help regulate blood glucose levels. Some people
who suffer from Type 2 diabetes have obtained positive results
by adding pitaya to their diabetic diet. One study found that
within one hour of eating a large fresh pitaya with a well-
balanced salad, a diabetic can lower his or her blood glucose
level by as much as 30.

Whether you enjoy pitayas for their flavour, novelty, or nutri-
tional benefits, you can make this inexpensive gourmet fruit a
regular part of your healthy diet during the harvest season.

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Food Value per loog (312 oz.) Serving of
Red Pitaya

Moisture 82.5 83 g
Protein 0.159 0.229 g
Fat 0.21 0.61 g
Crude Fiber 0.7 0.9 g
Carotene 0.005 -0.012 mg
Calcium 6.3 8.8 mg
Phosphorus 30.2 36.1 mg
Iron 0.55 0.65 mg
Vitamin B1 0.28 0.043 mg
Vitamin B2 0.043 0.045 mg
Vitamin B3 0.297 0.43 mg
Vitamin C 8 9 mg
Thiamine 0.28 0.30 mg
Riboflavin 0.043 0.044 mg
Niacin 1.297 1.300 mg
Ash 0.28 g
Other 0.54 0.68 g

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Rural Roots: Stann Creek News

Submitted by M. James, Manager, GSC, Stann Creek
The recent appointment of Mr. Justaquio Tush as District
Agriculture Coordinator for Stann Creek is already improv-
ing the ongoing growth in agriculture begun by Mr. C. Marti-
nez. Students at area schools are benefiting from the assis-
tance of the M.A.F. in agriculture classes and a new initiative
introduced by GSC at Delille Academy and Ecumenical High
School. GSC Stann Creek, a community-based organization,
is working with students and faculty to expand the agricul-
ture curriculum to include (1) visits to local farms that use
sustainable practices and (2) growing vegetables at home.
Both efforts are designed to encourage students' understand-
ing and appreciation of agriculture and its role in the growth
of the students and Belize overall. A background in agricul-
ture can lead to many different career paths much more
than just growing crops and working in the fields. The Uni-
versity of Arkansas, who has been working with schools over
the past 3 years, is also assisting Stann Creek in its educa-
tional endeavors. A summer student exchange program is
A newfarmers market is expected to open shortly in Dan-
griga on the compound of Mr. George Dueck of Dangriga and
Spanish Lookout. The market location is opposite the B.E.L.
facility on the Valley Road in Dangriga. The market will fea-
ture local produce of all kinds: from vegetables and fruit to
meat and herbal medicines. To inquire about the Dangriga
market please call GSC Stann Creek as soon as possible;
booths will soon be gone! Contact numbers are:

Mr. Justaquio Tush, D.A.C., M.A.F. 522 2214
Mr. Santiago Pop, Rural Development Officer 522 o161
Mr. George Dueck, Dangriga Farmers Market 674 0405
Mr. Abraham Bull, Pomona 666 7300
Mr. Matthew James, GSC Stann Creek 668 9341
Mr. Herman Haney of Haney Farm on Southern Highway is
expanding his impressive range and variety of fruit trees.
There are some 60 different types available in season. These
will be available at the Dangriga farmers market.
Another example of growth is a program by M.A.F. and
U.N.D.P. on integrated farming, which will start shortly.
Mr. Abraham Bull is having success with his efforts in tilapia
farming. He has 3 ponds of fish and 2 duckweed ponds to
grow the weed used for feeding the fish. Mr. Bull is using his
farm as a demonstration farm and is willing to share his
knowledge with others interested in tilapia.
The opportunity for farmers to learn new methods of sus-
tainable farming is available to farmers in the rural commu-
nities. GSC Stann Creek is offering a traveling classroom
concept to allow farmers in the rural areas the chance to ex-
perience these methods. Classes involve "hands on see and
do" training in such things as making compost, using mulch
and cover crops, using organic and non-hybrid seed, and
using charcoal to improve soil.
Continued on page 27

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When I was a young girl my Grandmother Bella often used
the saying
"Well ........I'll eat my hat" an expression of great surprise
that something actually happened or of disbelief that
something could really happen There are many claims as
to the origin of this yet historically this phrase dates back
to the 17oo's about the time of Charles II It is highly pos-
sible that one of the earlier seafaring explorers had discov-
ered remarkable straw hats in other continents and used
this phrase from then on.

Out of choice no one would actually eat a hat.............but
could they? Panama hats have long since had the reputa-
tion of being the best quality iraca straw hats and they are
made from the dried palm leaves of the Jippi Jappa origi-
nating in Ecuador. The American government purchased
some 50,000 of these hats during the Spanish American
war of 1898 from merchants of Panama The hat became
extremely popular and was donned by the construction
crews of the Panama Canal. Hence the name.

There are probably various varieties of palm which are
termed Jippi Jappa such as the screw palm in Jamaica of
the Cyclathaceae family but the Toquilla Palm Carludovica
Palmate grows wild here in Belize mostly in rainforests
and fields. In Toledo it is prized and traditionally used by
the Ketchi and Mopan Maya to create beautiful baskets.
With it now being in much greater demand people are hav-
ing to cultivate this very useful plant. You can weave it,
use it for tying ,dyeing and as a culinary delight.. The plant
has stalks of about 5 feet in length, has no true stem and is
fully developed at 3 years of age. It prefers a moderately
moist, heavy soil and light shade. A lot of palms are threat-
ened by development and agricultural demand for more
lucrative crops .THINK before chopping down this
palm ...... it is EDIBLE .......the new white shoots
are tender and delicious and can be eaten raw or cooked
lightly as one would asparagus then tossed in a vinaigrette
dressing. To harvest for basket making the phase of the
moon is respected but when looking for dinner you simply

pull up on the new shoot .It looks a bit like heart of palm
(palm cabbage) and similar in flavour but much easier to
obtain. The pod and the flowers are also edible.
With so many tasty palms it would be hard to starve in the
jungle ............as for eating my hat, it would be definitely
dry but certainly not impossible.
So if you have never tried this plant I do recommend it and
go ahead include some in your vegetable patch.

Send any comments or your favourite Jippi Jappa recipes
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Light Rein


Fact: You and I are different. Certainly we have some simi-
larities: we are both human, we have skin and organs, hair
and teeth. You get the idea. But we are probably more un-
alike, than alike. Between race, age, genetics, personal tastes,
attitudes, opinions...

What people/humans need to understand is that just be-
cause all horses are fairly large creatures with hooves, ears
and a tail, they are also, completely different from one an-
other. Even if they look similar or are from the same dam or
stud, they are significantly different. Even if they are similar
in some traits, they need to be considered as individual. For
example, some can take harsh treatment and deal with it;
others given that treatment, will have it crush their spirits or
their minds. Some can have an average size saddle or bit fit
them fine; others may need a narrower/larger tree or a
smaller/wider mouth piece. Some are very athletic, others...
not so much. Some love to do a certain thing like jumping or
cutting cattle. Others may be afraid of an obstacle to cross or
a cow facing them down. Some may simply not be built to do
what they are being asked to do.

The point is, every horse needs to be looked at and treated as
an individual. A good horseman feels the difference be-
tween horses: not just saddle and bit fit, but personality and
attitude. There are those horses who crave the human touch
and attention and those who could care less about mankind.
Some thrive on being worked with and enjoy learning new
things. While one horse may catch on quickly to a certain
training technique, the next one may not like that style or
understand what is being asked, so a different way of asking
is necessary. It is not that horse number 2 is stupid; it just
did not "get" that technique. The old adage of "101 ways to
skin a dead cat" is also true for dealing with horses. There
may be several ways to teach a horse to do something, to
achieve the same end result. But, trust me, there are 101

ways to mess them up and confuse them and frustrate your-
self and the equine.

"Feel your horse". Watch its response to a situation...angry,
bored, frightened, or interested? Learn to think ahead of
what his response may be, so that you can avoid those situa-
tions that may cause fear or frustration to both you and the
horse. And keep it fresh so you and your hoofed friend do
not get tired of the same thing.

For those new to the equine attitude, learn the basic similari-
ties: such as, if any horse pins the ears flat back on its head,
IT IS NOT HAPPY! The horse is getting ready to revolt with
either a bite, kick, or push, the push or smush being the least
aggressive offense. Herd behavior can vary greatly from ag-
gressive-the flat ear spin kick, to a simple tail swish or hoof
stomp as a minimal threat. As you enter their area, they may
take on herd behavior. As in article one, I am always alpha
mare, but that does mean I am always aggressive. I am most
often the "dominate-with-acceptance" creature, forgiving
slightly rude behavior if not deemed as a true threat -
especially at feeding time, when a horse may be particularly

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plants, egg depots, transport, distribution and retail. It is
also a major contributor to the national GDP at 3.5 %, 14.5%
of Agricultural GDP and 71.5% livestock GDP(2007-2008).
Poultry meat represents 80% of all meats consumed in the
country, with poultry meat consumption being about 100 lbs
per person per year, and eggs at 115 eggs per person per year
from commercial production. This can be attributed to the
fact that poultry and poultry products are high in nutrients,
rich in taste and low in cost. These consumption figures rate
us among the highest consumers of poultry meat in the west-
ern hemisphere but also among the lowest in table egg con-
sumption. The Poultry industry in Belize has 6 major proc-
essing plants that process chicken and distribute its products
across the country. There are some 6 feed mills of economic
importance and two major hatcheries. The industry raises
its broiler breeder flocks and thus produces some 90% of all
broiler chicks.

Related Industries:

Additionally, the poultry industry is extremely important to
the grain sector especially the corn industry. It is estimated
that the poultry sector utilizes some 70% of all the yellow
corn produced. The feed mill subsector utilizes corn as the
major carbohydrate source in all its feeds of which poultry
feed represents some 80 percent of its sales. In 2007, some
84.5 M pounds of yellow corn was produced with a value of
some 22 million Belize dollars, while sorghum production
was at 16 M lbs. and a value of 3.8 M dollars. (source: MAF)


Over 55 million U.S dollars are invested in the poultry sector,
including feed-mills, processing plants, poultry production
barns, hatcheries, refrigerated storage, dry storage, distribu-
tion, vehicles and other equipment. New investments of
more than 3 M USD have been made over the past three
years in construction of two new processing plants and the
refurbishment of three others so as to meet both industry
and regulatory requirements. Other investments have been
made in the upgrading the hatcheries, feedmills and storage
and distribution needs.

The Industry has also invested in farm food safety and prod-
uct food safety having the Belize Agricultural Health Author-
ity (BAHA) doing the daily and regular on-plant food inspec-
tion. The Poultry Association in collaboration with BAHA
does routine sampling, testing, laboratory analyses and vac-
cination to keep Poultry Meat safe for consumption. The
BPA also sponsors a poultry health active and passive sur-
veillance program for the major poultry diseases of economic
and health importance. A poultry Health Committee com-
posed of Industry, BAHA, Ministry of Agriculture and
OIRSA set the policies and direction for poultry health.


In 2008 there was an increase in broiler production at
8,904,465 birds slaughtered. A total of 30,988,045 lbs of
poultry meat was available on the commercial market for
consumption. There was 359,411 lbs of dressed Turkey on
the market in 2008.

Nov-Dec 2009 BelizeAgReport.com

Table Egg production for 2008 increased by 11.25% with an
output of 2,988,581 dozens.

Production and consumption have remained fairly stable
throughout the past three years (table 1)

Although we have been self sufficient in Broiler meat pro-
duction, there have been some shortages of table eggs to-
ward the end of the year due to increased demand during the
festive season. While production of eggs to meet increased
consumption during the Christmas season is not a problem,
the industry faces extreme challenges in selling the addi-
tional production of eggs after the short increased demand
and therefore it is a matter of looking at the feasibility of
increased output for a short period. Attempts to increase
consumption of table eggs during the past 5-6 years have
been futile. However, the industry continues to promote egg
consumption on continuous basis.

Turkey production has been geared to suit the demand. Un-
til a few years ago, most of the consumption of turkey meat
was during the US celebrated 'Thanksgiving' in November
and again during the Christmas season. However, during
the past 4 years, an increase in consumption in other months
of the year has forced the industry to have some production
to meet those "out of season" demands.

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Chicken Products

Boreless Breast n Bag $3.68
Boneless Breast in Tray $3.76
Skinless Boncess Breast $4.52
Whole Breast in Bag $2.82
Breast in Bag $2.68
Breast in Tray $2.80
Chicken Cuts in Bag $220
Chicken Cuts in Tray $2-28
Neck & Back $0.72
Feet $0.96
Giblets $0,64

Quality Chicken $2.20
Special Chicken $238
Special Quarters $2.46
Leg in Bag $232
Leg in Tray $2.40
Thigh in Bag $2.52
Thigh in Tray $2.60
Drumstick in Tray $3.00
Liver in Tray $1.44
Variety Pack $2S92
Whole Cut $2 A0
Gizzard in Tray $1.96

Wing in Bag $3.56
Wing in Tray $3.64
Chicken Ham Slices $6.92
Chicken Patties $4.32
Chicken Steak $4.56
Breakfast Sausage $6J00
Ground Chicken $3.96
Smoked Chicken Sausage 54.20
Saesoned Leg in Bag $2.62
Special Seasoned Quarter $2.64
Stewing Hen $2.00

4>h Turkey Products
Quality Turkey $3,75
Butterbell Turkey $425
Grade B Turkey $3.25
Boneless Breast $5.72 Drumstick S3.80
SBone bss Thigh $3.80 Ground Turkey $550
Turkey Ham $7.00 Turkey Leg $2.92
Turkey Breast $4.96 Turkey Neck $4.12
Turkey Back $0.68 Turkey Thigh $2.92
Turkey Cuts $3.76 Turkey Wing $4 84
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Continuesfrom page 18


The Belize Poultry Association has membership with the Car-
ibbean Poultry Association (CPA), the Federation of Poultry
Producers of Central America (FEDAVICAC), and the Latin
American Poultry Association (ALA). Membership in these
Associations allows for the regional harmonization of stan-
dards that are now becoming mandatory in all states. Like
the Poultry sector in Belize that of Central America is fast
becoming one of the largest agro-industries. In CARICOM, in
2007, The Poultry sector became the largest agro-industry
providing poultry meat and eggs to satisfy the domestic and
tourism demand across almost all states. These affiliations
also serve as political support groups by collective bargaining
and lobbying at the local and regional and hemispheric level.
They also serve as representative bodies that have major pri-
vate sector influence on government, especially in trade re-
lated matters. Through these affiliations, major inputs into
the formulation of legislation, directives and standards for
production, processing and food safety have been developed
and adopted by individual countries.

Related activities:

The BPA invests as sees fit into local and regional and inter-
national meetings and conferences so as to keep in tune with
new developments in the industry. It also provides its mem-
bership with production schools locally (2004 and 2007),
brings in consultants and organizes seminars and workshops
in production, processing, feed milling and other areas.

Sponsors the disease surveillance programme, and liaises
with Government and other institutions in areas of interest
and benefit to its membership.


Despite the current economic crisis, the Poultry industry
foresees no slowing down because poultry will always be a
desired commodity especially due to competitive pricing
within the industry and among the other meats available on
the market. As long as there is a good working relationship
and understanding between industry and government, but
players will reap benefits. While world market prices of ma-
jor production inputs severely affect domestic production
costs, the industry has been further challenged to become
more efficient and has focused on productivity by better man-
agement practices, improved genetics, optimal feeding and
disease prevention. This has now afforded the industry to
move from a production cycle of 8 weeks some 15 years ago to
one of 6 weeks. Further improvements through investments
in housing and equipment could reduce the production cycle
for broilers to some 37 days. However, feasibility studies and
cost recovery would need to be made before further invest-
ments are made in this area. Utility costs and labor costs are
two of the largest costs after feed costs in the poultry busi-
ness. Reducing these is a major challenge. Automation is
one way of reducing costs of labor but also increases utility,
equipment and repair costs. Increasing consumption market
is a major challenge since domestic consumption for broiler
meat is fairly saturated. Looking for an export market re-
mains the only viable solution and this too has its challenges

when all countries in our region are self sufficient.

Another major challenge is that of maintaining competitive
pricing. While pork, beef and fish remain relatively higher
than poultry, consumers choose chicken over the other
meats. The industry wholesales more than 90 % of its pro-
duction but has no control over retail prices. Often times it is
observed that price promotions/discounts offered to consum-
ers so as to boost sales, is not passed on to the customers by
the retailers and thus the activity has no effect on increasing

World Figures:

The United States of America is the largest producer of
broiler meat in the world with China and Brazil being second
and third, respectively, with the European Union being
fourth and Mexico holding the fifth place. Brazil, however, is
the largest exporter of poultry meat, exporting to 168 coun-
tries around the world. Latin America and the Caribbean is
the largest producer of poultry meat, producing close to 60 %
of world production. Mexico is the largest consumer of table
eggs averaging a little over one egg per person per day or
close to 400 eggs per person per year.

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Na-
tions (FAO) estimates that within the next 12-15 years poultry
meat will be the meat of largest consumption in the world
and pork will then fall to a close second place.

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Dear R.B.,

Why don't we have avocadoes, those small ones with the
darker skin when ripe, available in the Belize markets year
round??. They are so plentiful, all year long in neighboring
Guatemala and Mexico. What is the issue? What is that vari-
ety, and would they grow here? Does ANYONE grow them in
Belize? We remember that Mr. Ken duPlooy at the Belize
Botanic Gardens was taking on that project, or looking into
it, before his untimely departure from us.

Thanks for any enlightenment on this.

Rubber Boots consulted with the Belize Botanic Gardens and
here is their reply;

It is true that Ken duPlooy wanted to have an example of
early to late avocados that could be grown in Belize. Unfortu-
nately, he was not able to realize this before his death. Lucky
for us, however, the Ministry of Agriculture has been work-
ing on establishing avocado varieties for a number of years.

I contacted Thomas Tillett from the Ministry of Agriculture
to see if he could shed some light on this question. Thomas
was, until a recent move to sugar diversification, our na-
tional fruit tree coordinator, so he was well equipped to pro-
vide me avocado information.

Although there is a green variety, the smaller, darker avo-
cado in question is most likely the Hass avocado. You won't
find many around the markets of Belize, except perhaps in
Orange Walk and Corozal, because they are not as market-
able in Belize as other avocado varieties. According to Tho-
mas, Belizeans are typically looking for large green to yellow
pears with an abundance of flesh. Hass avocado is small with
dark, wrinkled skin. It also has a large seed so it does not
provide as much flesh as the more popular varieties of Be-

In the rest of the world Hass is extremely popular and many
consider that it has a superior taste as well as being easy to

ship. You will find that Hass makes up a large share of the
avocado markets in Guatemala, Mexico and the USA.

It is so popular in the US, that it makes up 95% of the entire
avocado crop in the state of California. In stark contrast you
will find only a few Hass trees in Belize and these you will
find most of them in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts.

The Ministry of Agriculture has been promoting growing
later variety avocados in Belize. They not only recommend
Hass but other late fruiting varieties such as: Hass, Lamb
Hass, Gigante Verde, Pinkerton, Lawrence and Noche
Buena. MAF have set up two germ plasm banks one
maintained by Bob Griffith of Corozal District and one at
Central Farm in Cayo. These plots contain a large variety of
avocado trees that will be used to propagate material for
farmers. Thomas said that these plots are only a few years
old and as it takes about 5 years for avocado to begin bear-
ing, it will be another couple years before they are able to
produce any quantity of the many varieties.

The key to having any fruit or vegetable available year round
is to grow as many varieties as possible. So, keep in touch
with MAF to find out when other avocado varieties will be-
come available and when they are, plant as many as you
can. Hopefully we can soon all enjoy avocados at any time of
Heather duPlooy, Curator
Belize Botanic Gardens

Dear RB, here's a helpful hint:
park under a CASHEW TREE............... This was an expen-
sive lesson The juice and sap will eat into, under and
through your paintwork. My shiny truck looked like it was
vandalized by Halloween revelers I thought I must wash off
that sticky stuff when I get round to it ....little did I know it
was already too late. Had I cleaned immediately with citrus
it would have most likely been fine. So when seeking shade
check out the species overhead. Regards, JJW

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Press Release -
Monday, October 12, 2009 The Belize Landowners Associa-
tion held its first annual general membership meeting on Sat-
urday, October 10, 2009 at the University of Belize, Belmopan
Campus Auditorium from 9:oo AM to 1:oo PM. Three new
members were elected to the Board of Directors: Leonard
Reimer of Spanish Lookout, Carl Cambridge of Belmopan and
Thom Grimshaw of Belmopan. The remaining six members
are John Rempel, of Blue Creek and Orange Walk, Chairman
of the Board of Directors, Dr. Larry Johnson, Secretary/
Treasurer from Ontario Village, Rev. Macarena Rose of San
Ignacio, Dr. Errol Vanzie of San Ignacio, John Carr of Banana
Bank and David Penner of Spanish Lookout.
The association has adopted "Keepers of the Land" as its slo-
gan with the Iguana as its symbol, in keeping with the Mayan
meaning and describes a "member" as any person or group
who is an owner, renter, lessee or legal occupier of a lot, acre-
age or communal land who has submitted the prescribed ap-
plication form, paid registration fee ($10.oo) and whose name
has been entered into the BLAL membership registration
book. All Belizeans are encouraged to join.
Benefits of membership include: Preservation of constitutional
rights, protection of landowner rights in property and leases,
contribution to sustainable environmental development, advo-
cation of fairness in compensation to government and land-
owners alike, empowerment of landowners to address land
issues and problems relating to usage, and illegal or unfair

abrogation of property, land leases, crops, livestock or other
legal use of one's land, empowerment of landowners to ad-
dress land issues as they relate to usage, trespass and business
opportunities such as farming, animal husbandry, reforesta-
tion, cash lumber crops, aquaculture, eco-tourism, access,
roads, and right of way issues. and networking with GOB,
NGO's and other stakeholders with vested interest in wildlife
and environmental protection.
Several of these topics were addressed by various speakers
during the educational/technical presentations on Saturday:
The Commissioner of Lands was represented by Carren Wil-
liams who spoke on Land Lease issues and procedures. Thom
Grimshaw introduced the group to the various aspects and
issues of environmental impact studies, Graham Herbert
spoke on Jathropa ("Soil to Oil") Plantations, and Howard
Oldham and John Carr gave a joint presentation on the cash
lumber crops of teak, mahogany and cedar.
The association envisions "financial security for Belizean Land
owners through protected land tenure in harmony with the
environment" and sees its mission as "forging a partnership
for progress and positive land stewardship with the govern-
ment and civil society, in a spirit of mutual respect and fair
compensation to all, with commitment to harmonized efforts
and initiatives with our partners, in order to achieve an envi-
ronmentally sustainable development of the land".
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Continue from page 24
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Speech of H.E. Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno on the
occasion of the XXXII Annual General Meeting of the
Belize Livestock Producers Association

October 24, 2009, Belmopan

Hon. Dean O. Barrow, Prime Minster of Belize: Hon. Rene
Montero, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries: Dr. Gabriel
Rodriguez Marquez, IICA Representative to Belize; Dr. Errol
Vanzie, President of the Belize Livestock Producers Associa-
tion: ladies and gentlemen, good morning:

I remember that last year on October 4t, I had the privilege of
meeting most of you for the first time, and that on that date I
was asked a simple question, "Ambassador, can we export beef
to Mexico?" I took it seriously and today it is an honor to
stand before you and say to you that yes, it is possible. But
that it is only possible in great measure due to the tremendous
interest shown by the Belizean livestock producers and the
work of both governments to advance in the corresponding
compulsory procedures.

In 2008 and 2009 several meetings were held to start the
process between Mexican and Belizean sanitary authorities.
On June, 2009, Mexican and Belizean agricultural authorities
took a bold step forward and signed a Memorandum of Under-
standing to increase trade and cooperation between both
countries through mutual recognition of veterinary authori-
ties, harmonization of health requirements and the technical
SENASICA staff visit to Belize.

Again, On October 1st and 2nd, an extended group of represen-
tatives of Mexico and Belize including representatives from
IICA and OIRSA met in Belmopan to implement a Strategic
Plan previously agreed to by Minister Rene Montero when
meeting with authorities in Mexico City. A work schedule and
a preliminary budget were agreed for the sweep of livestock in
order to evaluate the bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis sani-
tary conditions throughout the entire country of Belize with
the support and assistance of SENASICA. Training courses
were also agreed to be provided to sanitary authorities of Be-

Last week representatives of BAHA, BLPA and MAF met with
agricultural authorities in Chetumal to discuss the implemen-
tation in Belize of the identification system used by SINIIGA.
In upcoming weeks sanitary experts of Belize will participate
in a 5-day seminar to further learn on bovine tuberculosis,
brucellosis and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Considering the results achieved, it is convenient to emphasize
that in the following weeks the government of Mexico will
publish the list of requirements which formally opens the
Mexican market to the offer of importing livestock from Belize.


- I7

H.E. Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno

Ambassador to Belize from United Mexican States

Nevertheless, our primary focus now should be to ensure that
the cattle meet all of the requirements.

The Government of Mexico and the Government of Belize have
done a great effort and many members of the Association have
strongly supported this initiative but it is necessary to empha-
size that the participation of the producers is essential in the
fulfillment of the strategic plan. The door that you all were
seeking to open has been opened and all that is left is that
through your active collaboration the process can be finalized.

Thank you.

Check out the Online Annex

more pages online

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Continuefrom page 11

While most of the techniques are well-known, the use
of charcoal, used by the Maya, is only recently coming
back into general use.
Charcoal holds water and nutrients, slowly releasing
them to plants while not being affected by rainfall.
When combined with compost charcoal makes plants
healthier and stronger and improves the soil. It is im-
portant to remember that healthy soil is vital for
healthy crops! Classes are organized in the villages by
GSC and Mr. Santiago Pop, Ministry of Rural Develop-
ment, Stann Creek District.

The farmer goes into his banker and meets with the presi-
dent of the bank. He tells the presidents of the bank that he
has good news and bad news. The bank president asked for
the bad news first, so the farmer tells him, "you know all that
money I got from you to plant the crop, well the army worm
ate all my corn, and the weevils got in my beans." The banker
said "that is bad news." The farmer tells him he is not going
to be able to pay him his money and the banker asked for the
good news and the farmers said "I am going to stay
with you for another crop."
Submitted by Oscar, Bush Camp One

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The Tizimin Show hosts a very similar quantity and quality of
animals, as the huge YucatAn State Fair, held at X'matkuil, just
outside Merida in November. There are not as many cultural
events/functions as the Merida show, but this is a true cattle-
man's show, held in the heart of YucatAn ranch land. The
venue is quite convenient to many of the larger ranches, to
facilitate ranch visits. MVZ Wilbert Caceres is the actual head
of the fair commission, Cel number is 986 861 9279. Another
gentleman that might be helpful is Mr. Valentin Cardenas his
cellular is 986 107 0621

Here is some information about hotels in Tizimin,
Hotel El Herradero elherradero wr@hotmail.com tel. (986)
863 2098
Hotel San Jorge tel. (986) 863 2037
Hotel 49 Sr Carlos Loeza (986) 863 5821
Hotel Pastora (986) 863 4576
Accomodations can also be found in nearby Valladolid, Yuc.

Asociaci6n de Criadores de Ganado Bovino de Registro
del Estado de YucatAn A.C.
Tels (52-999) 948-11-10
Email: ganadoyucatan@hotmail.com

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CLASS WIEDS Call 600-2853 between 6 am and 6 pm.

YOUR HELP PLEASE..... Trying to compile a complete
list of people and businesses countrywide that are involved
with RECYCLING and GREEN SERVICES send information
to spectarte(@gmail.com

Even Farmers Need Some R & R..... 50 x 50 Beachfront Lot,
San Pedro, 95kusd..N. San Pedro 662-5263

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$68kusd up riverfront. 50k Garden lots. CEDAR BLUFF
662-5700 or 664-7272.

99 acs. Banana Bank Area, Cayo, riverfront, North Side of
Belize River, great soil, massive trees and hills, 80% cleared.
You can grow anything you like here. $ 297k usd Holdfast
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usd. 662-5263

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FOR SALE: MORINGA PLANTS, $10 per plant Belize-
Michigan Partners (Dr. Chris Bennett) tel 223-0404

FOR SALE: EXOTIC FOWL : African Geese, Arucanas
(Easter Bird Chicken) & Guinea Fowl. Chicks and Goslings,
207-0735 or 602-2063

Light Tractor Work: mowing, bush hogging, plowing,
grading and baling. No job too small. From $35 per hour.

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Tres Caballos Mowing and Hay: Variety of baled grasses
for horses and cattle. Plan ahead for the dry season. Cayo
District. Delivery available. Call 600-2853 between 6 am
and 6 pm.

HAY FOR SALE suitable for cattle/sheep/horses Round &
Square Bales, available in most varieties. Eddie Friesen, Sp.
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GROW YOUR OWN DIESEL Jatropha seedlings 'Ready
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plant and vegetable types available. Mile 63, Western High-
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WANTED : contact with individuals making interesting
GARDEN FURNITURE or accessories.please contact SPEC-
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WANTED: Old wooden Bol (platters used for making tortil-
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wood, metal.
Email: srbelize@yahoo.com or call 662-5700

WANTED : Good, safe driving and riding horses, needs to
do both and be kid safe. One or two horses needed, and
needs to drive as a team. Cayo district. Call or email Marjie
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WANTED : secondhand wicker or rattan sofa and chairs
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WANTED: BUYER for fresh BEEF HIDES, 20 to 40 avail.
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Call 6oO-2853 between 6 am and 6 pm.



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Quality Poultry Products
Reimer's Feed Mill
Running W
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Belize Poultry Association
Belize Pitaya Growers


AMS Welding Service
BRC Printers
CP Gas
D & J's A/C & Refrigeration
Elisa's Travel
Mad Dog Motors
M. Henley Farrier/Trainer
Riverview Retreat
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Cedar Bluff Ranch


Mennonite Women Quilting Circle
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Belize Botanic Gardens
Belize Pitaya Growers Ass'n.
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The Gardens at duPlooys
Moms Restaurant
River View Retreat
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We all want something for nothing. We all secretly believe that we deserve more than we are getting and the
world owes us something. Thus, the peccary are busily destroying the farmer's crop because it is easier to
eat a nice ear of corn that hunt for roots in the dirt. Likewise, the jaguar, hearing the greedy peccary, sees a
perfect opportunity for an easy meal with little effort and far more pleasure than the rat or possum he might
otherwise be forced to eat. And how about the farmer himself who was too lazy to pick up the sticks out of
the field, just hoping for a little something for little effort? Besides, when he sees the damage done to his corn
and realizes that the jaguar will return, he will wait for the jaguar, shoot him and sell the skin. After all, he de-
serves something for nothing. In the end, who really wins?

S. ... ,. .. The back side of a race track like the back
e ,,, side of life is not for the weak or
squimish. There is little mention of the
years that go into a moments glory, the
heart aches, blood, sweat and tears that
are never seen by the adoring public. All
they care about is the finish line and the
trophy soon to be set on a shelf and for-
gotten. So it is with life. The things we
work so hard for are only appreciated by
others if they see the mark of suc-
cess. There is no better illustration of this
than the life of those in agriculture.

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