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Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017. 1:50 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Agriculture’s Research, Development & Innovation Center in Central Farm, Cayo District has concluded a five-day training on capacity building for the “Improvement of the Production and Uses of Coconuts”.

This training is in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Mexican counterpart-SAGARPA.

The training concluded today Friday, December 8, benefiting a total of 30 coconut growers and technical personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture and representatives from the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).

Facilitators for the training were coconut expert Dr. Feliciano Gerardo Balderas and Ms. Matilde Cortazar Rios, both from the Mexican National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Fisheries (INIFAP).

The training covered a broad outlook of:

  • The types of coconuts used for planting and consumption of coconut water
  • Diseases and plagues impacting the industry
  •  Measures and methods on how to make the coconut farms more resistant to diseases (such as lethal yellowing)
  • Best harvesting practices, nutritional value and quality
  • Increased production and economic potential of the coconut industry in Belize

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