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Sheep management field day held in Orange Walk

Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2022. 10:47 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Farmers of sheep and goats are teaching their fellows part of the second phase of the Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance System Enhancement Project, sponsored by the TaiwanICDF program in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE).

25 sheep and goat farmers met at the farm of Leovijildo Wicab in San Felipe Village in the Orange Walk District on Friday to see him demonstrate his daily farm management activities.

The farmers witnessed demonstrations in i) forage cutting; ii) supplemental feeding; iii) sheep barn demonstration; iv) record keeping; v) animal husbandry and vi) mutton dishes serving. Extension Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, and Project Manager and Specialist of Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize, and other interested parties from both the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts also participated.

The Sheep Project Second Phase includes a budget of US$3,000,000 for a four-year implementation that was signed by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Belize in March 2020, with objectives to be achieved including, among others, to continue to assist Belizean farmers to further improve the quality of their sheep and goats, to conduct a market study and value chain analysis to promote consumption and market penetration for sheep and goat products, and to strengthen the sheep and goat traceability system to improve value chain efficiencies.

In the closing remarks, Eason Huang, the Project Specialist of Taiwan Technical Mission reaffirmed Taiwan’s commitment to continue supporting Belizean farmers with theoretical and practical training and educational outreach through the Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance System Enhancement Project.

 

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