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Issue 03

Featuring: Decoy Crops; Dasheen; Agrotourism; Artificial Insemination & Organic Production Advice.

Belize – Brazil Bilateral Agreement

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Happily,Belize is among countries positioned to greatly benefit by Brazil’s activism, especially in the realm of agriculture. Brazil is an agricultural superpower, and her role in our region and in the world has blossomed. Since the election of President Lula in 2003, twenty-three new embassies, mainly in the Caribbean and Africa have been opened. Brazil plays a key role in the G5 (Brazil, India, China, Mexico & S. Africa) and the BRIC Group (Brazil, Russia, India & China). G5 and BRIC have been active in many agricultural issues on the world stage. Brazil is currently the world #1 in exports of coffee, sugar, orange juice, soy and beef. As well, she is a leader in development of the ethanol biofuel…

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To The Editor

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Sir, I have just read your Ag report on the Belize News site. I think it is excellent. At present we farm organically in the UK and sustainably in Oklahoma USA. I very much liked your article on soils, organic, and sustainable agriculture. The more we farm sustainably the better our soils are responding. In Oklahoma we grow soybeans, corn and watermelons on deep soils and despite 30 inches in May and only 1 inch in June and 100 degree days our crops are still doing well and should make something. We also run 200 cows on the grass-land. Anyway I am also a frequent travellerto Belize and believe many of the methods used are applicable to a wide range…

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Back To Office Report – Trade Mission To Central America

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Delegation: Mr. Eugene Waight, Chief Agricultural Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; Mr. Adalbert Tucker, Ambassador for Foreign Trade-Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Mr. Roque Mai Belize Marketing Development Corporation; and Mr. Bernard Penner, Director of Belcar representing the private sector. Location of visit: El Salvador and Guatemala Date: 28th to 31st July, 2009 Sponsor: Accompanying Measures for Sugar-EU (AMS) Purpose of Mission The trade mission to El Salvador and Guatemala was an exploratory mission to seek markets for the export of grains from Belize. It would be used as a platform to inter-phase grain producers from Belize with grains processors/distributors from the target countries. Background For over a decade, Belize has attained self-sufficiency in the supply of…

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Organic Production

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The Organic Arsenal In speaking with farmers about the transition to Organic Ag- riculture, the biggest concern that arises is the limited prod-ucts that aid them with insects, weeds and fungi. Over the years, as more and more farms have adopted organic prac-tices, the research and development of accepted products has increased. I would like to highlight some of the products that are currently available on the market. Insect Control In dealing with insects, the current conven- tional chemicals are mainly derivatives of the allowed organic insecticides. One main listed item is Pyrethrum, which causes instant paralysis of insects. It is extracted from a Chrysanthemum flower that is native to Kenya. Another listed item is Neem Oil. Neem Oil contains…

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North Dakota Beekeepers Spend A Week In Belize

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These are a few thoughts from a lady beekeeper who recently spent a week in Belize. My husband, Alan and I have looked at beekeeping various parts of the world and have been blessed with some long term friendships arising from these travels. Earlier this year we decided to take a closer look at Belize and its beekeeping industry and possible potential growth. I first became interested in beekeeping years ago when my 11 year old son wanted honeybees for a 4-H project. My life has never been the same. I had milked cows, raised and sold dressed chickens and raised pigs. I enjoy all aspects of farming but beekeeping became a true love of mine. I know that many…

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Banana Bank Agco Report – Spider Mites

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Identity: 1. Banks Grass Mite and 2. Spotted Spider Mite BAHA and CARDI have properly identified these in Belize, but the control has not been easily managed. History Spider Mites seem to have come on the scene within the last five years (at least on a significant damaging basis). They don‘t come from flying stock and spreading is less than moths and worms. We seem to see more smaller areas but these areas could be a total wipeout. Also in our minds, we see mites on more mature plants with bottom leaves being first infected. Now we are seeing small corn, 6 inches high that are head from Spider Mite infestation. They multiply rapidly from web building and egg laying.…

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Dried Fruit Is Delicious

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Dried fruit is delicious and a way of preserving fruit when you have more than you can eat fresh. We use a wood cook stove to heat the dryer. Make a good fire in the evening and set the dryer on it. Put water inside as shown on diagram. Most fruit is dry by the next morning. Dried fruit is easier to remove while still warm. One important thing is not to let your dryer go dry. It always needs water inside while in use. A dryer can be ruined if heated dry too long, and your fruitwi ll definitely burn. Procedure: Pineapple: peel pineapples and slice 1/8 to 1/4″ thick. Place single layer on dryer Mango Fruit Leather: Slice…

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Beyond The Backyard – Dasheen, Number One Root

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Recently whilst driving in the car I listened to an arduous radio report describing the inconveniences caused by permits and restrictions for the importation of potatoes. Since I can hardly remember having a tasty potato here ever, I got to wondering what is this obsession with potatoes. They are not native to here, spoil quickly and are expensive. Obviously all have forgotten about or never discovered DASHEEN which grows fast and furious, large and luscious and just one piece could feed a large family for days. I started asking people and found a few called it sup yam or soup yam (nobody knew the spelling) they remembered it from child-hood. Most had never heard of it . There is a…

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Light Rein #1 Belize

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If you are a horseman/horsewoman, the term “Light Rein” may mean more to you than simply a dreary day with light showers spelled in an odd manner. I have witnessed many more horse people abusing a rein, than using it in a significant, light but effective manner. More than likely not meant in any abusive manner, but simply “the way they have always done it” – Pull a horse’s nose or jaw to the right and they will, for the most part, head in that direction. Kick them in the sides and they might even go a little faster in the direction you were hoping for. What is the big deal? If you were the horse, it could be a…

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Ask Rubber Boots

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Dear Rubber Boots We have encountered a strange phenomenon recently and are hoping that you can solve this mystery. When we mixed recently purchased local dark honey with cinnamon powder, it turned into a glob like ball of slime. We put it in to hot tea/coffee thinking it will dis-solve, but NO; It stayed a slime ball in the bottom of the cup!. We mixed the same honey with sage powder for an experiment, but it did not turn into a slime ball. We had mixed honey and cinnamon before, but this phenomenon never happened, so we are puzzled. We await your answer. Dale and Toshi Schwerdtfeger, Cayo   Dear Dale & Toahi Thanks for your letter, Are local honey…

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