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20 Orange Walk farmers attend second grafting and budding training

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Posted: Monday, July 18, 2022. 2:24 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: A second budding and grafting training was held for 20 farmers from the Progressive Sugarcane Producers Association and one technician from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) last Friday at the Yo Creek Agriculture Station in the Orange Walk District.

“Budding and grafting are essential skills in fruit tree maintenance and cultivation,” said MAFSE.

The session was carried out by grafting/budding expert Fred Roches and John Sanchez, Stann Creek District Agriculture Coordinator Fred Roches. Orange Walk Fruit Tree Extension Officer Carlos Tzul assisted with translation.

“The purpose of the training was to empower farmers to assist them diversify and to be able to produce high quality seedlings of the fruit tree they are so inclined to cultivate in that the techniques in budding and grafting remain more or less the same. So, it’s a matter for them to decide what they will go into,” said Barry Palacio, the National Coordinator for Non-Traditional Fruit Trees.

Palacio said the budding and grafting training is in support of MAFSE’s outreach for diversification.

“So, farmers who are interested in going into fruit tree production, this is one technique they can use to have their own fruit trees. For example, avocados, mangoes, quinep,” Palacio said.

“From the Ministry’s standpoint, we are promoting coconut, pineapples, soursop, dragon fruit, and avocado, but the farmer can opt for whatever fruit because they might not want it for sale for commercial purposes but more for food security. This is where we have the custard apples (anonas), the quineps, the avocado, all the different fruit trees that can be produced both for commercial purposes or for food security.”

In April when the first training session was held, MAFSE said the objectives of the training session were to impart basic knowledge and develop skills about propagating different types of plants by budding and grafting.

MAFSE also sought to provide the farmers with basic knowledge about tools and equipment and growing structures used in the nursery for plant production. Added to all that the Agriculture Ministry is also seeking to instill entrepreneurial skills of plant propagation as a means of income diversification.

 

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