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Belize at Belgium’s International Day of Cacao & Chocolate

Brussels, Belgium. October 2, 2017. Belize’s cacao and chocolate industry was highlighted at the inaugural Belgian edition of the International Day of Cacao and Chocolate in Brussels, Belgium on 1st October, 2017. The Embassy of Belize in Brussels and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) joined forces to represent Belize at the event in the center of Brussels, long acknowledged as a chocolate capital of the world.

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Ministry of Natural Resources Issues Warning

Belmopan. September 18, 2017: Unauthorized Persons Posing to be Agents of the Ministry.

The Ministry of Natural Resources hereby informs the public of persons posing to be agents of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

These persons are claiming to be authorized to sell national land and collect monies on behalf of the Ministry and Government of Belize.

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42nd Annual ACRES USA Conference & Trade Show

This year's theme will be: From the Soil Up, Exploring strategies for modern Eco-Agriculture.

Topics include soil fertility management, crop nutrition, the human health connection, holistic grazing, tillage/no-till strategies, on-farm water management, pastured poultry production, marketing and business, organic certification and inspection and more...

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UofB and WWF Develop Watershed Management Plan

The University of Belize and the World Wildlife Fun will develop the first ever watershed management plan for Belize. Belize City, September 12, 2017 – The University of Belize through the Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will develop a Management Plan for the Belize River Watershed (BRW). The plan will be the first of its kind in Belize and serves as a model for much needed future watershed management. The project will take a multidisciplinary approach in collecting and consolidating data pertaining to the Belize River Watershed. Through scientific research, stakeholder consultations and community engagement, a sustainable management plan will be produced by identifying long-term monitoring programs and… Keep Reading

Issue 37

Old Crops Become New: Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batata) Part 2

An Underutilised Tropical Root By Santiago Juan An Underutilized Root Sweet potato is a plant grown for its tuberous roots in tropical, subtropical and warm-temperate regions. As mentioned in the last Belize Ag Report, issue 36, sweet potato is cultivated for food in more than 100 countries, sometimes as a staple food but usually as an alternative food. All varieties of sweet potato are a good source of vitamins and minerals. In East Africa, the sweet potato is known as “the protector of children” because it is often the only food that stands between a child’s survival and starvation. A fast-maturing perennial plant, it is grown mainly as an annual. The roots are adventitious, mostly located within the top 25… Keep Reading

Featured/Issue 37

Belmopan Weekend Farmers’ Market at NATS Grounds

By Sally Thackery  The new pavilions at the Belmopan showgrounds are now open on Saturdays and Sundays for local farmers to sell their products to the public. Opening day, Saturday July 29, was lively and well-attended, by both the public and the market sellers. Big thanks to CEO Jose Alpuche and Show Grounds Coordinator Gary Ramirez for such a bright vision for this property at the entrance to Belmopan. The entire showgrounds have been cleaned up, mowed, landscaped with beautiful plants and vendor stalls have been colorfully painted. These detailed improvements also include a new entrance gate, bathrooms in all sections and designated parking areas.In addition to fresh vegetables, the market offers dry goods, eco-friendly cleaning products, fruit trees, flowering… Keep Reading

Issue 37

SIRDI EU IPDM Project: Metarhizium anisopliae Production to Control Froghopper in Sugar Cane

By Jeffy Gomez, Luciano Chi, Luis Gongora and Jian Cob    Froghopper is considered a major pest in sugarcane; every crop cycle it affects sugarcane farmers by increasing control costs while decreasing productivity. The problem is especially serious with the elimination of the preferential market for Belize’s sugar. Hence, it is of great importance to start adapting more environmentally-friendly controls by deterring the use of chemicals and meeting standards set by the Fairtrade market. With the assistance of the European Union (EU), the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI), the project entitled “Strengthening of Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) in the Sugar Industry” is being implemented in the northern sugar belt. The… Keep Reading

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Beyond the Backyard: Suck Your Way to Health

By Jenny Wildman I came across an article about a strange fruit that can boost your brain function – something all seniors think of when they cannot remember names or misplace their glasses. The picture was that of the fruit known here as kenep, kinnip or guayo. The deciduous, polygamous kenep tree is part of the soapberry family along with logan, rambutan and lychee, all cousins to the northern chestnut. The scientific name is Melicoccus bijugatus commonly referred to as Spanish lime, quenepa, genip, chennet, talpajocote and mamoncillo from the verb mamar to suck. Kenep trees are native to South America and the Island of Margarita and also found in drier woodlands and gardens of the Caribbean and Central America.… Keep Reading

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