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Toledo pineapple farmers received bio input training to make insecticides, fertilizers

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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2022. 4:03 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Fifteen Toledo pineapple farmers from Trio Village received bio input training to make insecticides and fertilizers on Wednesday, July 28, 2022.

“The group, which focuses on the production of pineapple, cacao, citrus, and vegetables received training on how to elaborate glass water (Bio insecticide), Sodium Carbonate Broth (bio-Fungicide) and Madrifol (foliar fertilizer),” said the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise.

Rural Resilient Belize Extension Officer Alberto Chacon conducted the training. The training was done in collaboration with the Department of Cooperatives and the Pesticide Control Board.

The farmers were shown how to use ashes and white lime to make a bio insecticide were ashes and white lime and potassic soap (blue soap) and baking soda to make a fungicide, and cacao leaves and white lime to make madrifol.

“Since most of the farmers are currently focusing on the production of cacao, their main interest was focused on the making of the madrifol,” said MAFSE.

“With the high price of fertilizer, the use of bio inputs plays a very important role for new alternatives in farming.

This training by Rural Resilient Belize Extension, Department of Cooperatives, and the Pesticide Control Board along with measures within the Ministry of Agriculture to train farmers in producing their own fertilizers and pesticides can save them money and ensure organically grown products, said MAFSE.

 

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