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Fence posts, old tires, steel rods used in pitahaya cultivation at Orange Walk Agric Station

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2023. 5:54 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Recently planted pitahaya (dragon fruit) and soursop plants are growing well at the Orange Walk Agric Station in Yo Creek, according to a social media post by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).

“Both pitahaya and soursop promise high returns in the exotic fruit market,” MAFSE said on Monday.

“Soursop can be sold as fresh fruit or pulped and preserved for juices and drinks; even its leaves may be used to make herbal teas with curative properties.

“Pitahaya, or dragon fruit, also has huge potential. Eaten fresh or made into slushes and juices, dragon fruit is a delicious refreshment with medicinal properties.”

MAFSE made special mention of the local fence posts, used tires, and steel bars used to prop up the pitahaya cactus plants.

MAFSE also pointed out that they have been hard at work promoting the cultivation of these crops, so farmers have other options. To that end, MAFSE has been sensitizing and training farmers on appropriate ways to grow these crops.

Last Friday, MAFSE carried out a pitahaya production methods demonstration at Elma Orellana’s farm in La Gracia in the Cayo District. The demonstration was attended by farmers from the Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo, and Cayo Districts.

 

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