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Issue 02

Featuring: Bissy; Moringa Project & Going Off the Grid.

Special Blpa Meeting Has Directors Smiling As Prospects For Beef Trade With Mexico Near Realization.

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After decades of frustration with surplus animals and no place to go with them, news that a very logical solution is near at hand-trade with our neighbor to the north – is sweet music to BLPA’s Directors. At an extraordinary meet-ing held June 24th, Directors were updated by Chairman Dr. Errol Vanzies on proposals being hammered out be-tween countries at the technical level. Dr. Vanzies, being a cattle rancher himself with extensive public health experi-ence, is uniquely qualified to sit at BLPA’s helm now. The association’s maintask at hand is to disperse relevant infor- mation to producers, who will need to be ready for the up-coming testing phase. BLPA will announce in July the schedulesfor meetings with livestock producers in…

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From The Editor

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Congratulations and thanks to all who worked hard for the success of the recent National Agriculture and Trade Show. We share with you some of the comments we heard about the 2009 show. All agree that Agriculture and Trade industries overlap, and have been served fairly well in the past with one integrated annual show. However, due to the growth of both sectors, is it time to consider separation, and a distinct show for each?Questions arose in the planning of this show, stemming from the divergent marketing philosophies of these groups. Belize Ag Report heard several suggestions to split up and re-organize, from the Ag. Sector. Although no formal survey was conducted, positive comments were expressed bytrade sector individuals too.…

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To The Editor

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Dear Editor, My name is Arnulfo Perrera, am a Belizean student at Escuela Agrícola Panamericana, El Zamorano, Honduras. Am currently on my final year of a 4 year course for a Bachelor‘s Degree in Science and Animal Production. I think this is a wonderful idea to have to some actual in-formation about the agriculture sector in our beautiful jewel of ours. Since producing our own food is an impor-tant key to our development as a country. I think there is plenty more that can be done on our productive sector, for example things that would be good to include are views of the important crops such as Sugar Cane, Bananas, Citrus amongst others. As well as to how we as…

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Organic Production – The Balance Of The Seesaw…

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I know that by now you are asking what an article about Seesaws is doing in an agricultural paper, but a Seesaw has more to do with agricultural practices than you would imagine. The Seesaw is a device that is operated on balance. Thus agriculture is a practice that operates on balance. As a skinny child sitting on the Seesaw, I would always lose the balance when a healthier child would join the opposing seat. This taught me a lesson that I would like to share. The balance that must be maintained in any agricultural field is the balance of nutrients, the balance of insects and the balance of microbes. To obtain the balance there are two seats on the…

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Bissy For Sale

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I have been driving the Hummingbird Highway for many years and have a favorite fairy tale house that I admire. One day a few months ago a sign appeared outside saying―Bissy for Sale‖. I asked around and no one had the answer as to what bissy was. After driving passed several times curiosity got the better of me, I stopped, honked the hornand finally got to meet the owner of this pretty house. “What exactly is bissy ?” I asked. I learned that her father, originally from Jamaica, had brought it here. It is a cure all for everything and a little grated and put under the tongue a few times a day will fix you up in a hurry…

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Off The Grid

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Alternative energy is more than wonderful when the wind is blowing or the sun is shinning or the creek is rushing. How-ever, when the air becomes still, clouds are gathering and the creek becomes dry it is difficult to regress by pulling out the kerosene lanterns. The words, “Alternative Energy” is not very descriptive and has differing definitions based upon one‘s experience. While wind, solar and hydro sources seem to be the common under-standing to some, others consider alternative energy as walk- ing rather than driving. Walking not only gets you somewhere but it also allows you to live longer and have a moment to look around at things you do not usually see and have time to visit with…

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Ask Rubber Boots

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Hi there Rubber Boots, Question: How can I prevent grasshoppers, leaf cutter ants and other leaf eating insects from eating my plants? Answer: Use 3 tablespoons of garlic oil with 3 drops of detergent in a quart of water and pour solution into a spray bottle. Thespray does not harm the plants but de- ters insects. The recipe for garlic oil is the following: 1 whole bulb of garlic, minced 1 cup of vegetable oil Mix the garlic and oil together in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Put the mixture into the refrigerator to steep for a day or two. (If your eyes don’t water when you open the lid, add another bulb of minced garlic and wait…

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Profitable Ag Markets – The Key To One Of The Twin Pillars

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I mention one of the twin pillars as we have heard for years about the Twin Pillars of our economy ***Tourism and Agriculture*** You can talk to about anyone involved in the tourism industry at about any level and they will proba-bly say they are in a business slow down phase (some tour- ism aspects have nearly stopped). How we market what we have produced determines our future, affecting: 1. Local food sustainability 2. Expansion 3. Foreign exchange. 4. Debt repayment 5. Government revenues and 6. Improvement of a progressive standard of living for all of us. On the other hand, if we produce agricultural products and are unable to sell them or we have to sell them at below…

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Belize – Michigan Partners Moringa Tree Nutrition Project

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I first heard of Moringa in August, 2005, when Dr. Don Harter visited Belize. Dr. Harter is a retired Professor of Agriculture from Idaho, U.S.A. and a member of the Partners of the Americas. I was excited to hear about the nutritional and health benefits of Moringa and I was immediately convinced that Moringa could have tremendous benefits in Belize. The National Moringa Tree Nutrition Project was launched in November, 2006, during the Partners of the Americas 2006 International Convention, which was being hosted in Belize by the Belize-Michigan Partners. Belizeans are very nutrition and health conscious and were therefore easily convinced of the great benefits of Moringa. The Moringa Tree is actually referred to as a Miracle Tree‘ and…

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Belize Cattle Producers Work To Open Markets

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Trade with Mexico a top priority. From the perspective of a U.S. cattle producer, it may some- times seem that trade woes are isolated to, or at least exagger-ated, in the U.S. The truth, however, is that cattle producers around the world fight the same battle as producers in the U.S., working hard to keep reliable avenues of trade open with other countries for mutual benefit. Such is the case in Belize, where the successful future of cattle ranching may hinge on the country‘s ability to open live cattle trade with Mexico, a country with a burgeoning middle class and nearly 110 million people. Cattle producers there have long been fighting to work to-wards trade agreements with neighboring countries that…

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