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26 farmers participate in training to reduce use of pesticides in vegetable production conducted by Resilient Rural Belize, Pesticides Control Board

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Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2022. 7:58 pm CST.

Photo Credit: RRB

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Twenty-six Valley of Peace farmers participated in training to reduce use of pesticides in vegetable production conducted by Resilient Rural Belize and the Pesticides Control Board.

Resilient Rural Belize in the Ministry of Economic Development in collaboration with Pesticides Control Board, Sustainable Harvest International, and the Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday conducted their first in a series of training sessions on “Adapting Climate Smart Agriculture Practices to reduce use of Pesticides in Vegetable Production for members of the Valley of Peace Lagoon Farmers Co-operative and farmers from El Cricon Group, in Valley of Peace Cayo District on June 29, 2022.

According to the RRB Program, the farmers expressed their gratitude, mentioning that now that fertilizers and agrochemicals are very expensive, they need to look for alternatives to reduce the cost of production while improving yields.

The farmers said they are looking forward to the next training session that will focus on bio-fungicides and fertilizer alternatives.

The objective of the first training seeks to promote “climate smart agriculture practices by implementing sustainable soil and crop management techniques and teaching farmers about the elaboration bio-inputs to reduce the use of pesticides and introduce bio-fertilizers to reduce cost of production and to ensure the production of safe vegetables,” according to RRB.

It is expected that the training will help reduce reliance on Restricted-Use Pesticides and adopt safer alternatives, improve pest and disease management at the farm level for common pests, and increase capacity and knowledge on Climate Smart Agriculture Adaptation measures and practices.

The 26 farmers were able to elaborate four bio-products: Solid Mountain Microorganisms (MM) (for use in the preparation of fertilizer), Liquid Mountain Microorganisms (MM) Liquid Phase, Madrecacafol (natural insecticide), and Bio-Neem (natural insecticide).

 

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