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Who is Responsible? What about Water?

Water….I get thirsty just talking about it. As we travel the rivers of Belize… How Important are Steep Slope & Riparian Forests? The deforestation rate in Belize is about 2.3% per year overall. However, estimates of deforestation rates for riparian forests are as high as 13% per year. How important are steep-slope forests, those forests growing on the sides of mountains and hills? What is the real worth of riparian forests, those forests growing on the banks of streams and rivers? What services do they really provide? These are serious questions that must be asked. We must seek and understand the answers if we hope to avoid the heavy cost of ignoring these questions. Indeed, we are already paying the… Keep Reading

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Artificial Insemination – Local Business Serves Belize From Spanish Lookout

Nearly 2 decades after becoming a certified Artificial Insemi-nation Technician, Frank Friesen has come full circle, having been very recently authorized to administer Accelerated Generic‘s Introductory A.I. Technician‘s Course – from the same leading American company which certified him. (For more information, go to notice on page 23.) Frank is the undisputed leader in A.I. Services for the private sector, handling both the dairy and beef industries‘ needs. He has stayed the course, and what he started as a hobby to improve his own herd, has become a viable business. Utilizing Frank‘s philosophy, that “Nothing happens without a dream”, and believing and sharing A.I.‘s many advantages – better genetic potentials, less health risks, and cost effectiveness, has yielded bonuses for… Keep Reading

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Banana Bank Agco Report – Worms

Identity Corn ear worm, Cut worms, Army worms or all of the above. Sometimes we think one type and then we think another. It‘s hard to match up with the picture and description. Weather and ground/crop condition could cause 1 type to be more prevalent at different times. Parents of worms fly and spread all over, even in grass off of the corn field. History These worms have plagued Belize for years, but it seems that this year is one of the highest incidences ever. We see 4 to 5 worms on a corn plant 6‖ tall. If we leave this alone, yield reduction or total loss is imminent. It‘s easy to imagine a loss of 25–30%. I‘m assuming we… Keep Reading

Issue 2

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

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… Keep Reading

Issue 2

From The Editor

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.… Keep Reading

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To The Editor

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… Keep Reading

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Organic Production – The Balance Of The Seesaw…

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… Keep Reading

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Bissy For Sale

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… Keep Reading

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Off The Grid

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… Keep Reading

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Ask Rubber Boots

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… Keep Reading

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