Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2022. 6:42 pm CST.
Photo Credit: MAFSE
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Fifteen sheep and goat farmers from the Stann Creek District participated on Wednesday in a Sheep Management Workshop at the Fresh Water Creek Farms.
The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE), in collaboration with the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance System Enhancement Project (Sheep Project Phase II).
“The workshop is another commitment of the Sheep Project Phase II to help farmers learn from farmers,” said MAFSE.
The Sheep Management workshop was conducted by specialists from MAFSE and the Taiwan ICDF.
In the morning session, MAFSE’S Andrew Mejia and Edgar Tuyud reviewed how the sheep project came about and made presentations on sheep health management and sheep traceability system. The Taiwan ICDF specialist Eason Huang and the project’s field manager Istvan Metzger presented on sheep nutrition, pasture establishment, and supplemental feeding.
“During the afternoon session, the staff of Fresh Water Creek farms demonstrated their daily sheep management activities, which fulfills the objective of the project that involves farmers teaching farmers, and included demonstrations on sheep feeding, sheep breeds, and vitamin application,” said MAFSE.
The Belize-Taiwan Sheep and Goat Project Phase II, signed by the Governments of Taiwan and Belize in March 2020, has a budget of US$3 million and is to be implemented during a four-year span.
According to MAFSE, the Sheep and Goat Project’s seeks to help Belizean farmers to improve “the quality of sheep and goats, promoting the domestic consumption of sheep and goat products and to export these products regionally, and strengthening the sheep and goat traceability system to improve value chain efficiencies in Belize”.
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