Despite postponement of Stann Creek soursop workshop, Department of Agriculture says workshops hosted by Brazilian expert were a success
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2022. 10:18 a.m. CST.
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By Ruben Morales Iglesias: Despite having had to postpone the Stann Creek soursop workshop scheduled for today, Monday, due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Julia, the Department of Agriculture, Food Security and Business ( MAFSE) says the soursop workshops have been a success.
Led by Brazilian agricultural expert Raul Reboucas, brought by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the workshops focused on innovative methods to improve cultivation and ways to combat pests. pests and diseases.
The workshops exceeded MAFSE’s expectations. The Ministry of Agriculture expected 80 farmers to attend the four workshops planned for Cayo, Orange Walk, Belize District and Stann Creek, but in only three of the four training sessions, 115 farmers attended. Thirty-five showed up Thursday at Central Farm, 45 showed up at Yo Creek and 35 at Lemonal, according to Barry Palacio, the national non-traditional fruit tree coordinator.
The Department of Agriculture still plans to move forward with the soursop workshop for Stann Creek and Toledo farmers, but will set a date later, Palacio said. Belizean technicians, who participated in the initial Reboucas workshop for MAFSE trainers, will facilitate this workshop. About twenty farmers from the Southern Districts are expected. This would bring the national total of farmers participating in soursop workshops to 135, which shows farmers’ interest in diversification.
The Ministry of Agriculture has launched a program for Belizean farmers to abandon monoculture and, with the help of organizations such as the FAO, grow crops like soursop, coconut and pitahaya.
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