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Issue 38

Slow Release Fertilisers from Pyrolysis of Agricultural Residues

Creating Value out of Agricultural residues to Regenerate Soil Fertility by Ingrid Espinoza, Stephen Joseph, Vasco Masias & Felix Froese The goal of this project is to contribute to the preservation of the biodiversity that characterizes one of the most privileged places in the world. An important challenge of the 21st century is to maintain sustainable crop yield for an expanding population and reduce greenhouse gas emissions without damaging ecosystems. To achieve this goal we need to build up soil carbon and beneficial microorganisms and eliminate the lost macro and micronutrients in using renewable energy. This project is unique as it combines pyrolysis or residues with CO2 capture and the production of healthy food (spirulina). Integrated System for the Production… Keep Reading

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Homemade Health – Spirulina – Ancient Superfood By Marguerite Fly Bevis RN,BSN

I first learned about Spirulina from Dr. Harold Foster, PhD, who studied medical geography at the University College of London and taught as a professor at University of Victoria for 41 years. I was privileged to hear him speak and in many ways he changed my life that day. He said that his research indicates that by taking spirulina and selenium every day along with a high oxidant diet, the immune system would function properly and many illnesses could be prevented or improved. His work with AIDS and HIV patients in Africa had phenomenal results. Unfortunately, there was little interest in inexpensive treatments so the information was largely ignored. Thankfully today there are people willing to look at alternatives and… Keep Reading

Issue 38

BAHA Shares Cattle News: National Herd Increases 25%

BAHA’s Dr. Miguel Depaz shared the following report: “The Cattle Industry is seeing its better days as exports for this year have already reached 4,872 heads and cattle farmers are now getting more that the accustomed .95 cents per pound live weight. Prices reached as high as 3.50 per pound live weight for export and have stabilized at approximately 2.50 per pound live weight. Despite the consistent rate of export the national herd has seen a growth of more than 25%. The national cattle census today is at 126,129 heads. Through the hard work of the Government of Belize, Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the private sector, they have scientifically demonstrated that the national cattle herd is free of… Keep Reading

Issue 38

CARDI Day 2017

Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) CARDI Day 2017 CARDI is turning 43 years assisting the region to develop. It was established in 1974 to serve the agricultural research and development needs of the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARDI is positioned to enhance the socio-economic well-being of the Caribbean people through research for development that improves the competitiveness and sustainability of regional agriculture. On the 5th of December CARDI Day will be celebrated. This annual event on the institute’s calendar is dedicated to building awareness and promoting the work of the institute. A major focus of the day’s activities will be the sharing of our research results, impacts and success stories with the general public, partners,… Keep Reading

Issue 38

Aerial Application as a Tool for Increased Efficiency for Pest and Disease Control

By Alan McCracken The application techniques of pesticides has unfortunately not been developed to the same extent as the pesticides themselves. It is well known and recognized that pyrethroid insecticides work by contact and ingestion action and no vapor effect, which means that for good results they must be delivered to the target insect. The alternative is to obtain poor crop coverage and wait for the insects to find the chemical. Firstly let us examine the reason for applying agrochemicals. The answer although obvious is not always understood; it is to protect the genetic potential of the crop being grown. For this reason the chemical products may be more correctly termed plant protection products and our objective should be to… Keep Reading

Issue 38

2017 World Food Day

Part of the talk given by The Honorable Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture, at World Food Day, held at the Belize High School of Agriculture (BHSA) in San Lorazo, Orange Walk District on October 20th, was the same one his father gave to him when he was young. He said that his dad told him to stop saying that he grew rice because he did not make the sun, the soil, or the rain that grows the rice; he was only the manager of what God had given him. His dad also told him not to exploit his fellow man and to leave some in the field for the creatures as food. Minister Hulse said such management is the foundation… Keep Reading

Issue 38

Berries of Belize – Part 2 By Deborah Harder

A good fruit for Northerners, mulberry is reminiscent of northern berries you can’t grow here. Mulberries grow on a large bush and can bear abundantly without much care. Actually, up north, they are a neglected fruit, growing perhaps too abundantly and despised in favor of harder-to-grow berries like blueberries. One of life’s little ironies, because in my opinion they have a delicious flavor superior to northern blueberries. Keep Reading

Issue 38

Unplanted Bounty By Sally Thackery

Composting is a must for gardeners, and sometimes provides an unexpected bounty. Although I don’t remember ever seeing this type of squash, apparently some seeds made their way to my large compost area, because these vines began to appear almost immediately after careful planting of many varieties of vegetable seeds. If you’re looking for a way to feed your entire neighborhood or town, this would be your answer. When picked young, these squash don’t have to be peeled, but they grow a hard outer shell if left to mature. The young ones are quite tasty, firm with lots of flavor. Just cube and sauté in butter, salt and pepper to let the most flavor shine through. You will need a… Keep Reading

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