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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

Issue 38

Hemp Food By Karin Westdyk

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

Issue 38

White Flies – Gardeners’ Nightmare By Mary Loan

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

Issue 38

Coconut Coir Production in Cayo at Belize Botanic Gardens By Gayle Zentz

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

Issue 38

A Natural History of Belize – Inside the Maya Forest by Samuel Bridgewater

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

Issue 38

Ag Briefs

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   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 Releases / Advisories

CPBL Belize Attends the International Fair in Havana

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

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