Posted: Friday, August 19, 2022. 12:34 pm CST.
Photo Credit: MAFSE
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) sent a delegation of four on an exchange visit to El Salvador from August 15-18 to look at fruit tree production.
The team comprises National Coordinator for Non-Traditional Fruit Trees Barry Palacio, Director of Research at the Central Farm Research and Innovation Center Ina Sanchez, BAHA official responsible for the regulation of imports of plant material Kenrick Witty, and fruit tree producer Armando Guerra,
“The Belize delegation is visiting the Centro Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria y Forestal (CENTA) and fruit tree producers to gather information on research and technology transfer in non-traditional fruit crops such as dragon fruit, soursop, coconut, pineapple, and avocado,” said MAFSE.
CENTA is El Salvador’s National Center for Agriculture and Forest Technology.
“A main objective of the technical visit is to identify quality germplasm for introduction [in Belize],” said MAFSE.
“This technical cooperation project aims to provide direct support to MAFSE to develop a germplasm collection for non-traditional fruit trees including Pitahaya, Coconut, Passion Fruit, Avocado and Soursop, as well as to contribute necessary resources to conduct research and development, coordinate technical capacity building and, facilitate field exchanges between partner institutions and industry stakeholders (public and private) for the advancement of the non-traditional fruit tree industry in Belize.”
MAFSE said the exchange visit was coordinated by the Belize and El Salvador Delegations of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and funded by the Unique IICA Fund through the ongoing Technical Cooperation titled “Regional Collaboration, Capacity Building, and Development of Germplasm Management for Nontraditional Fruit Trees in Belize”.
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