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48th National Agriculture Show held in Belmopan Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 May 2018 00:00

Belize’s 48th National Agriculture and Trade Show was successfully held on April 27th, 28th and 29th; bringing thousands together on a “Let’s Get Growing” agenda. Once a year Belizeans from across the Country come together to appreciate our farmers and learn about agriculture.

On Friday, three prominent farmers were awarded at the National Show Grounds for pursuing a life of bringing food to the Belizean table. Male farmer of the Year Mr. Baltazar Campos, who hails from Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District, joined in with his friend Ms. Lorena Peralta, Female Farmer of the Year. Both also joined in with and Mr. Freddy Orellana, Junior Farmer of the Year for the opening of the National Show in Belmopan. Campos maintains 300 acres of land, tending to his cattle and a number of crops such as sugar cane. Peralta also attends to 30 acres in La Gracia Village and produces chicken for the local market. Meanwhile; 31 year old Orellana oversees six acres where he grows cattle in Bomba.

In his speech on Friday, the Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture thanked his many partners in development  such as the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute CARDI, OIRSA and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture IICA. He revealed that there were now attempts to export sugar into the Caribbean market.

The main speaker at the opening last Friday was Ms. Sandra Bedran from Atlantic Bank, whose career began at the Belize Marketing Board. Ms. Bedran said that we need to assist the small farmers of Belize. She also said that with over a million tourists to Belize, there were now many opportunities in agriculture.

During the three day show, the Department of Agriculture had ample time to share with members of the public their innovative composting displays, vegetable and food crops.

This year a Logic LTE capable cellular phone could be obtained for $49.00. It was also an opportune time for Digicell to promote its DigiGo App and Diginet.

As is traditional there were mechanical rides and a ferris wheel. For those escaping from the heat, there was much shade and nearby delivery points for orange juice to quench the thirst.

But the main attraction for the three day show was on Sunday at the rodeo enclosure. Cowboys lined up with the Belize flag to play the national anthem for the 2018 rodeo.  Some 22 bull riders had signed up. Carlos Hernandez, the bull rider for 2017, returned on the show grounds to show his skills.  While the results of the show are not in yet, Joel Neal made an astounding display during the rodeo, ensuring a balancing act with the bull. As explained by the judges, the bull can gain up to a 50% mark for its performance.

The Ministry of Health was also out in full force at the show grounds at their booths (77 and 78) with free HIV tests and information on Maternal and Child Health, Vector Control and other health related services.