A Brazilian expert will organize soursop workshops from Thursday to Monday throughout the country
Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2022. 6:16 p.m. CST.
Photo credit: MAFSE
By Ruben Morales Iglesias: A visiting expert from Brazil will hold a soursop workshop at Central Farm on Thursday, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) said.
“The well-known soursop expects Dr Abel Reboucas to share his knowledge with us,” said Barry Palacio, MAFSE National Coordinator for Non-Traditional Fruit Trees at MAFSE.
Dr. Reboucas is a Brazilian agronomist with a doctorate in tropical fruits from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It focuses on citrus fruits, mangoes, passion fruit, soursop, papaya, avocado and coconut.
Dr. Reboucas’ visit was facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Barry Palacio said the workshop, which will focus on pests and diseases that affect soursop as well as pruning and hand pollination, is in line with the Department of Agriculture’s outreach to support the soursop industry. in Belize.
“We have about 400 acres of soursop and we’re growing as farmers plant more and more,” Barry Palacio said of Belize’s soursop industry.
The workshops will be held at Central Farm on Thursday, October 6 for Cayo farmers; Friday, October 7 at Yo Creek and a local farm for Orange Walk and Corozal farmers; Saturday, October 8 at Ayinha Farm in Lemonal for Belize District Farmers; and Monday, October 10 (even though it’s a holiday) at Stann Creek Farm Station in Nine Miles on the Stann Creek Valley Road for Stann Creek and Toledo farmers.
Dr. Reboucas already facilitated a three-day train-the-trainer workshop last week for technical officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, the private sector and agricultural stakeholders.
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