Food from hemp for humans and animals dates back to the beginning of recorded history, and for thousands of years it was the largest agricultural crop grown worldwide. Hemp was relied on for not only food, but for fuel, fiber, paper, industrial source materials, and medicine. In 1801 Thomas Jefferson, a hemp farmer and third president of the United States, declared, “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country — if people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Though in the early days, farmers were encouraged to grow… Keep Reading
White flies (Thialeurodes vaporariorum) comprise the family Aleyrodidae. They are typically 1/16 inch long, somewhat triangular shaped, soft bodied, flying moth-like white insects which are closely related to aphids and mealy bugs. More than 1550 species of white flies have been identified. By all accounts, they are all considered to be one of the most bothersome, destructive and challenging garden pests to control and, as a result, cost millions of dollars in agricultural losses yearly due to stunted growth and low production of crops and other plant losses world-wide. Keep Reading
In April of 2016, the owner of duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge and Belize Botanic Gardens, Judy duPlooy, decided to convert a local waste product, coconut husks, into something useful – coconut coir. For centuries, many cultures have used coconut fiber for items such as ropes, mats, sacking, upholstery padding and brushes. It’s also useful as a mulch and a soil amendment. DuPlooys picks up empty coconut husks from coconut water processors in Cayo District where the coconuts have been harvested and drained of their coconut water. Their MerryMac commercial chipper can process about 1600 coconut husks per hour. There is no waste as everything is used. The coir from their facility is either used at the resort and gardens grounds or… Keep Reading
Living in Belize, we hear and read much about the living Mesoamerican reef which lies off our shores, and its prolific wildlife. This is rightly a major tourist attraction and occupies most of our attention when thinking of our country’s natural beauty and complexity. This is largely because of its easy accessibility. However another world class natural beauty exists in Belize which does not get the same level of publicity. At 177,000 hectares, one can hardly describe the Chiquibul forest as hidden away, although its lack of accessibility is one of the reasons it has remained relatively undisturbed over the centuries. Keep Reading
UB CF announces that the next Neal Kinsey Soil Fertility 3 day course will be held the week of August 27th, 2018. This will be a repeat of the very well-received Intro 2 Course given in February. To register, contact David Thiessen at 670-4817 or firstname.lastname@example.org Limited registration. Yucatan’s state fair, Feria Yucatan, will be held at X’Matkuil from 10 November through 3 December, 2017. The cattle opening ceremonies will be on 10th November. Beefmaster judging starts on 14th Nov, followed by Brangus & Suizo Europeo (brown swiss) on16th Nov; Simental and Simbrah on 18th Nov; Brahman on 19th Nov; Nelore on 21st Nov; Guzerat on 22nd Nov; Gyr and resena de Sindi on 23rd Nov. Horse classes will… Keep Reading
PRESS RELEASE CPBL Belize at the 35th International Fair in Havana (FIHAV), Cuba Citrus Products Belize Ltd. (CPBL) is promoting an extensive product line of citrus concentrates, by-products (pulp cells, oils and essences), value added products (natural tetrapak juices, squashes – juice mixers and citrus pellets – animal feed) at the 35th International trade Fair in Havana, Cuba from 30 Oct -3 Nov 2017. The fair boasts 3,400 exhibitors and 50 chambers of commerce from across the world. The expected footfall is 150 000. Mr. Nikita Usher represents both CPBL as Marketing and Sales Manager and Belize’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry in his capacity as President. CPBL is also represented by Ms. Jo Anna Rosado, Manager for sales, distribution… Keep Reading
Notice to Citrus Growers: Opening of BFP Factory for 2017-2018 Crop continues
The CPBL hasopened the BFP Factory for the receipt of mature grapefruit and oranges during the period Wednesday, October 18th to Friday, October 20th 2017during the hours of7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
The CPBL further advised that the BFP Factory will continue to receive mature grapefruit and oranges from Monday October 23rd to Friday October 27th 2017 between the hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
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Belmopan – 4th October 2017. With the logging season swiftly approaching, the Forest Department wishes to remind the public that any person found engaging in illegal logging will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The Forest Department continues to enforce the new amendments to the Forest Act, which stipulate that...Keep Reading
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.Keep Reading
The Belize Bureau of Standards, the Ministry of Agriculture and the CARDI invite you to: The Stakeholder Sensitization on Coconut Standards:
1. Specification for Coconut Oil,
2. Specification for Pre-packaged Coconut Water
Deadline for Registration:
25th September 2017
For Registration and further information...