Posted: Friday, May 7, 2021. 2:55 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: As part of the promise by Taiwan’s president Dr. Tsai Ing-wen that Taiwan can help and is helping its allies, on Friday, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presented a tractor with forage harvester, and other farm implements, and a used Mitsubishi 4-wheel drive pickup to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) for use at the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center (NSGBC) in Central Farm.
A press release from MAFSE said that the donation is part of the Taiwan-Belize Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance System Enhancement Project (Sheep Project Phase II) which has a budget of US$3million for a four-year implementation ending March 2024.
‘The newly procured tractor and forage harvester combined with attachments for bush-hog, plow and harrow, post-hole drill, front end loader and a 16-foot trailer, has a combined value of BZ$143,625.00 and is part of the outputs achieved under the Sheep Project Phase II,” said the MAFSE statement.
The Taiwan Embassy said that the Government of Taiwan is committed to helping “fulfill the huge sheep and goat production potential that exists in Belize for the expansion of the industry.”
“This markedly successful phase of the project is expected to enhance the harvesting efficiency of grass and forage to feed the 400 head of sheep and goats at the NSGBC, and produce corn forage silage to provide for nutritional demands to improve the productivity of the sheep.
“Another notable output to be achieved later this year is the construction of another modern barn measuring 60 feet by 135 feet to create needed space to accommodate more imported sheep and goat breeding stock,” added the MAFSE release.
MAFSE said Chief Agriculture Officer, Andrew Harrison, “supervised the procurement procedure and conducted an inspection of the equipment to ensure that the equipment and vehicles were in sound condition.”
Then, David Kuan-Chou Chien, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), handed over the equipment and vehicles to the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise, Jose Mai.
MAFSE said the Sheep Project Second Phase is expected to assist Belizean farmers to keep improving the quality of their sheep and goats. The Sheep Project will conduct market study and value chain analysis to promote local consumption and gain markets for sheep and goat products while strengthening the sheep and goat traceability system to improve value chain efficiencies.
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