Taiwan helps to improve sheep stock Print
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Thursday, 01 March 2018 00:00

The “Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Breeding Belize –Taiwan Project” Agreement, an agreement which has been signed since December 2, 2015, received its 5th disbursement from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the Embassy of Taiwan. The three-year project was approved with an approximate budget of US $1.62 million and was implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Technical Mission of Taiwan. It is the first bilateral project regarding livestock development strengthening cooperation with Taiwan and it will take advantage of the favorable natural situation to boost the development of the small ruminant industry. The fifth disbursement will be used for purchasing breeding sheep, hosting teacher-training sessions for livestock extension officers and breeding sheep barn maintenance.

Given our geological features and natural environment, Belize has the highest potential in small ruminant production in the Central American/Caribbean Area. Despite this fact, there is still a shortage of good breeds of sheep and goat in the country. Therefore, the purpose of the Sheep Project is to assist in expanding the infrastructure at the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center in Central Farm, introducing quality breeding stocks and building the capacity of technicians and farmers to improve the general production of sheep.

Since December 2015, the Sheep Project has accomplished many targets as expected, including the completion of a large sheep barn which has been acknowledged as the best in Central America, historical importation of purebred Dorper and Barbados Blackbelly sheep from USA, several workshops for livestock extension officers and farmers, establishment of reproductive laboratory in Central Farm and core-farmer selection and operation. With the guidance and professional experiences from Republic of China (Taiwan), the Sheep Project achieved many aspects of success as the project is designed.