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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019. 10:10 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Embassy of Taiwan and the Government of Belize announced the successful completion of “The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project” (The Sheep Project), which started four years ago since the signing of an agreement between the Government of Belize and the Government of Taiwan in December 2015.

The completion ceremony was held on Thursday November 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Agriculture Show Grounds in Belmopan.

At the ceremony, the numerous accomplishments were duly highlighted.

The greatest impact has been seen at the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center (NSGBC), known as the sheep barn, which is jointly operated under improved management conditions by the Sheep Project, and is now presently producing diverse genetic stock of quality sheep.

This barn infrastructure of 400 sheep capacity was successfully developed with all of its related components of 5 manure conveyor sets and an elevator, as well as other infrastructure to enhance the operation and management of the sheep.

In addition, the project included the introduction of quality sheep genetics of three popular breeds, namely Dorper, Barbados Blackbelly and Katahdin, successfully imported from the US which are now being managed at the national breeding center towards genetic improvement of sheep in the country.

Several workshops have been held to help raise the professional knowledge of sheep producers countrywide.

There were nearly one hundred participants gathering at this memorable occasion today to celebrate the project’s achievements.

 The Taiwan Embassy, Ministry of Agriculture, technical officers from Belize Livestock Producers Association, OIRSA, the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA) and most importantly, sheep farmers, all joyfully celebrated at the completion ceremony on this pleasant morning.

The completion ceremony itself not only marks a historical milestone in the small ruminant industry but also the strong ties between the two countries.

With the passion and dedication from both sides, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen was pleased to share with the participants that the draft agreement for the second phase of the sheep project which will focus on the cooperation in Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance System Enhancement has been presented to the Ministry of Agriculture.

 It will continue to strengthen the value-added production and market linkage in sheep industry through cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

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