Fifteen sheep and goat herders participate in Sheep Management Day organized by Taiwan Sheep Project, Ministry of Agriculture in Corozal District

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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2022. 10:46 a.m. CST.

By Ruben Morales Iglesias: Fifteen sheep and goat herders participated in a sheep management day in Paraiso, Corozal district, on Wednesday 2 March.

The field day held at Benito Vasquez Farm was organized by the Sheep and Goat Production System and Guidance Improvement Project of the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) (sheep project phase II) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE).
Extension workers and other interested parties from the Corozal district were also present.

The Sheep Management Field Day fulfills the Sheep Project’s second phase commitment to have farmers teaching farmers.

“Benito Vasquez is a highly respected sheep farmer and demonstrated his skills and abilities during the event,” MAFSE said, adding that the field day included demonstrations on feed management, management sheepfolds, breed demonstration, record keeping and preparation of cuts of meat.

Project Specialist Eason Huang reiterated the project’s continued support of breeding sheep and goat production system improvement and guidance to Belizean farmers through education and training and awareness raising.

The second phase of the sheep project, with a budget of USD 3,000,000, was signed in March 2020. The project is being implemented over a period of four years.

Its main objective is to help Belizean farmers to further improve the quality of their sheep and goats. The project is also conducting “market research and value chain analysis to promote the consumption and market penetration of sheep and goat products” and is expected to “strengthen the sheep and goat traceability system to improve the efficiency of value chain”.

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