District Offices

Goal

To continue to provide relevant technical assistance to farmers in the Cayo District.

Background

The Agricultural Department in the Cayo District is considered the primary provider of the extension service support, technology transfer and technical assistance at the Central Farm research and innovation center. The team is comprised of six technical officers and two cooperative agents. The primary role of the office is to aid farmers, producers and registered groups to secure related livelihoods activities, in generating income and securing potential markets.

Activities

The main activities performed by the Cayo District Agriculture Department is as follows:

  1. Visit and establish relationships with current and potential producers to enhance sustainable production and productivity.
  2. Work with stakeholders in the agricultural sector in order to support projects that provide tangible and technical benefits to producers.
  3. Establish farmer’s participation in defining sector specifically in extension service needs.
  4. Optimize access and use of available resources by establishing greater networking and synergies among agricultural institutions.
  5. Facilitate capacity building and training for the development of sustainable agriculture adopted to climate change.
  6. Perform damage assessments and needs analysis for NEMO and provide aid assistance to those impacted in times of national disasters.
  7. Represent the Ministry of Agriculture in major events and meetings such as the National Agriculture Trade Show, World Food Day and the Public Service recognition Day.
  8. Collaborate with line ministries on the advancement of national sustainable development.

Future Activities

  1. Promote protective agriculture cover structures for the increase of vegetable production.
  2. Support marginalized farming groups in agro-ecological practices.
  3. Facilitate the establishment of good agriculture practices for Sustainable Agriculture Adopted to Climate Change.
  4. Promote small ruminant production for alternative markets.

Services

The following are a few of the main services provided by the Unit:

  1. Provide Agriculture Extension services to farmers involved in Agricultural Crops and Livestock.
  2. Provide Animal health related resources, including livestock diseases, livestock management, and animal health research.
  3. Collect and disseminate Agricultural Statistics information to the Policy Unit in the Ministry.
  4. Provide Damage assessments, Needs analysis and Disaster assistance.
  5. Monitoring and Evaluate Agricultural Projects.
  6. Assist in providing a collection of resources for marketing and trade related topics, including exporting and importing goods, domestic market research, and trade and policy.
  7. Control and Eradicate swarms of Africanized Bees and other pest related to agriculture.

Contact Information

Cayo District Agriculture Office: 804-2079

District Agriculture Coordinator:
Clifford Martinez: email: clifford.martinez@agriculture.gov.bz

Extension Officers:
Mr. Mario Howe: mario.howe@agriculture.gov.bz
Mr. Miguel Balan: miguel.balan@agriculture.gov.bz
Mr. Jonathan Can: jonathan.can@agriculture.gov.bz
Mr. Jesse Madrid: jesse.madrid@agriculture.gov.bz
Melissa Balan: melissa.balan@agriculture.gov.bz

Collaborators

  • University of Belize-Central Farm Campus
  • Galen University
  • Cooperative Department
  • BAHA, IICA, & CARDI
  • Central Farm Research and Horticulture unit

Goal

To continue to provide relevant technical assistance to farmers in the Belize District.

Background

The Agricultural Department directly works with farmers and stakeholders in the agriculture sector of the Belize District. The team is made up of four technical officers and two cooperatives agents. The department primary role is to aid interested farmers and farmer groups to make better decisions and implement efficient actions to increase agricultural production. The extension officer is constantly equipped with the latest techniques and information related to agriculture, which is then shared to farmers and agriculture stakeholders.

Activities

The main activities performed by Belize District Extension unit are as follows:

  1. Visit and establish relationships with productive farmers so as to enhance production and productivity
  2. Work with stakeholders in the agricultural sector in order to support projects that provide tangible and technical benefits for farmers
  3. Transfer new technologies from the Research Section to the farmers so as to improve their level of production.
  4. Work with groups that are interested in urban gardening in order to improve their knowledge on crops that could best suite specific urban environment and conditions.
  5. Training of farmers and urban gardeners in different aspects of production so as to improve their knowledge of different crops being grown.
  6. Work with livestock producers to enhance resilience to climatic threats and hazards.
  7. Perform damage assessments for NEMO and the Ministry of Agriculture during times of natural disasters.
  8. Represent the Ministry of Agriculture in major events and meetings such as the Crooked Tree Agriculture Show and Public Service Information Day.
  9. Collaborate with the Ministry of Education to establish school gardens and integrate agriculture as a part of the curriculum for primary schools and ITVET institutions

Future Activities

  1. Improved and increased urban gardening coverage in Belize City.
  2. Support the establishment of a vegetable packaging facility in the Maskal area to assist farmers in distributing higher quality vegetables to the markets.
  3. Improve the port at Bomba to facilitate trade between the farmers from the Maskal area and the San Pedro markets.
  4. Support school feeding programs in four primary schools.
  5. Agricultural health related resources, including plant & animal diseases, plant & livestock management, and agriculture health research.

Services

The following are a few of the main services provided by the Unit:

  1. Provide Agriculture Extension services to Farmers and Stakeholders in (Crop, Livestock, Agro-processing & Marketing)
  2. Provide Animal health related resources, including livestock diseases, livestock management, and animal health research
  3. Collect and disseminate Agricultural Statistics to the Ministry of Agriculture Policy Unit.
  4. Preform Damage assessments, for the provision of disaster assistance
  5. Lobby with the Ministry of Agriculture and Partners in Development for Agriculture Projects for the Belize District.
  6. Monitoring and Evaluation past and new projects.
  7. Provides a collection of resources for marketing and trade related topics, including exporting and importing goods, domestic market research, and trade and policy.
  8. Control and Eradication swarms of Africanized Bees

Contact Information

Belize District Agriculture Office #: 203-2842

DAC Jose Tillett : email: jose.tillett@agriculture.gov.bz
EO Abraham Gonzales: email: abraham.gonzalez@agriculture.gov.bz

EO Vicente Tuyub: email: vicente.tuyub@agriculture.gov.bz

EO Francisco Xui: email: francisco.xui@agriculture.gov.bz

Collaboration

  • Ministry of Education
  • 
Ministry of Health
  • Cooperative Department
  • ITVET
  • Belize Garden Club
  • Emergent Corp
  • BAHA, IICA & CARDI
  • 
University of the West Indies-Belize Open Campus
  • Belize Cancer Society

Goal

To continue to provide relevant technical assistance to farmers in the Corozal District.

Background

The Corozal Agriculture Department is comprised of three extension officers and a District Agriculture Coordinator. The district is subdivided into four extension zones which comprises of twenty three villages in the area. Besides sugarcane cultivation the main agricultural produce are onion (70% of the market share), sweet pepper, tomato, corn, beans, sorghum and soybeans.

Activities

Some of the main activities provided by the Corozal Agriculture Department are:

  1. Provide technical support and training on pest and disease management, fertilizer recommendation and design of fertigation systems to onion farmers.
  2. Liaised with the Belize Marketing Development Corporation in the marketing of onions.
  3. Promote the concept of onion storage, which up to date has coordinated the construction of ten onion storage facilities.
  4. Promote onion trials with the assistance of the Research Unit to determine the best varieties for storage purposes.
  5. Promote the establishment of covered structures, under a controlled environment.
  6. Promote backyard gardens in rural areas for food security.
  7. Promote school gardens for school feeding programs.
  8. Implement project with “Partners in” Development for small farmers who are venturing into Agro-business.

Contact Information

District Agriculture Officer
Mr. Earvin Gentle email: dac.cz@agriculture.gov.bz
Extension Officers Contact # 402-2297
Mr. Andy Che
Mr. Carlos Tzul
Mr. Emilio Perez

Collaboration

  • Belize Marketing and Development Corporation
  • Cooperative Department
  • Pesticides Control Board
  • Customs and Police
  • Belize Agricultural Health Authority

Goal

The goal of the Stann Creek Agriculture Department is to develop the agriculture sector into a viable and competitive district that guarantees food security, and promote rural development.

Background

The Stann Creek Agriculture Department is located at Mile 9, Valley Road, opposite to the Citrus Growers Association. The three main purpose of the station is to generate revenue, and serve as a learning center to transfer technology and best practices in swine, sheep, crops and agro- processing. The department its self has been serving the public with the production of quality swine and sheep breeding stock as well as a variety of assorted fruit trees. Every intervention done at the station is with the goal of achieving an integrated agriculture station to maximize the use of available resources by reducing the cost of production.

Services

  1. Sale of quality piglets
  2. Rental of Boar Service
  3. Rental of Ram Service
  4. Fruit tree plant sales
  5. Provide forage bank cuttings to farmers
  6. Chipping of forage banks
  7. Provide seed material to farmers (Root crops, pineapple, plantain suckers)
  8. Land Preparation
  9. Provide technical advice and trainings

Contact Information

District Agriculture Coordinator:
Ms. Fay Garnett – fay.garnett@agriculture.gov.bz
Extension Officers Tel # 502 – 2514
Mrs. Adelita Arzu- email: adelita84@yahoo.co.uk
Mr. Marvin Blades- email: extofficer.sc1@agriculture.gov.bz
Mr. Andrew Mejia- email: amejia1345@gmail.com

Collaboration

  • Belize Pesticide Control Board
  • Cooperative Department
  • 
Kids Connect
  • 
Ministry of Education
  • Belize Audubon Society (Project partners)
+ Cayo District

Goal

To continue to provide relevant technical assistance to farmers in the Cayo District.

Background

The Agricultural Department in the Cayo District is considered the primary provider of the extension service support, technology transfer and technical assistance at the Central Farm research and innovation center. The team is comprised of six technical officers and two cooperative agents. The primary role of the office is to aid farmers, producers and registered groups to secure related livelihoods activities, in generating income and securing potential markets.

Activities

The main activities performed by the Cayo District Agriculture Department is as follows:

  1. Visit and establish relationships with current and potential producers to enhance sustainable production and productivity.
  2. Work with stakeholders in the agricultural sector in order to support projects that provide tangible and technical benefits to producers.
  3. Establish farmer’s participation in defining sector specifically in extension service needs.
  4. Optimize access and use of available resources by establishing greater networking and synergies among agricultural institutions.
  5. Facilitate capacity building and training for the development of sustainable agriculture adopted to climate change.
  6. Perform damage assessments and needs analysis for NEMO and provide aid assistance to those impacted in times of national disasters.
  7. Represent the Ministry of Agriculture in major events and meetings such as the National Agriculture Trade Show, World Food Day and the Public Service recognition Day.
  8. Collaborate with line ministries on the advancement of national sustainable development.

Future Activities

  1. Promote protective agriculture cover structures for the increase of vegetable production.
  2. Support marginalized farming groups in agro-ecological practices.
  3. Facilitate the establishment of good agriculture practices for Sustainable Agriculture Adopted to Climate Change.
  4. Promote small ruminant production for alternative markets.

Services

The following are a few of the main services provided by the Unit:

  1. Provide Agriculture Extension services to farmers involved in Agricultural Crops and Livestock.
  2. Provide Animal health related resources, including livestock diseases, livestock management, and animal health research.
  3. Collect and disseminate Agricultural Statistics information to the Policy Unit in the Ministry.
  4. Provide Damage assessments, Needs analysis and Disaster assistance.
  5. Monitoring and Evaluate Agricultural Projects.
  6. Assist in providing a collection of resources for marketing and trade related topics, including exporting and importing goods, domestic market research, and trade and policy.
  7. Control and Eradicate swarms of Africanized Bees and other pest related to agriculture.

Contact Information

Cayo District Agriculture Office: 804-2079

District Agriculture Coordinator:
Clifford Martinez: email: clifford.martinez@agriculture.gov.bz

Extension Officers:
Mr. Mario Howe: mario.howe@agriculture.gov.bz
Mr. Miguel Balan: miguel.balan@agriculture.gov.bz
Mr. Jonathan Can: jonathan.can@agriculture.gov.bz
Mr. Jesse Madrid: jesse.madrid@agriculture.gov.bz
Melissa Balan: melissa.balan@agriculture.gov.bz

Collaborators

  • University of Belize-Central Farm Campus
  • Galen University
  • Cooperative Department
  • BAHA, IICA, & CARDI
  • Central Farm Research and Horticulture unit
+ Belize Districts

Goal

To continue to provide relevant technical assistance to farmers in the Belize District.

Background

The Agricultural Department directly works with farmers and stakeholders in the agriculture sector of the Belize District. The team is made up of four technical officers and two cooperatives agents. The department primary role is to aid interested farmers and farmer groups to make better decisions and implement efficient actions to increase agricultural production. The extension officer is constantly equipped with the latest techniques and information related to agriculture, which is then shared to farmers and agriculture stakeholders.

Activities

The main activities performed by Belize District Extension unit are as follows:

  1. Visit and establish relationships with productive farmers so as to enhance production and productivity
  2. Work with stakeholders in the agricultural sector in order to support projects that provide tangible and technical benefits for farmers
  3. Transfer new technologies from the Research Section to the farmers so as to improve their level of production.
  4. Work with groups that are interested in urban gardening in order to improve their knowledge on crops that could best suite specific urban environment and conditions.
  5. Training of farmers and urban gardeners in different aspects of production so as to improve their knowledge of different crops being grown.
  6. Work with livestock producers to enhance resilience to climatic threats and hazards.
  7. Perform damage assessments for NEMO and the Ministry of Agriculture during times of natural disasters.
  8. Represent the Ministry of Agriculture in major events and meetings such as the Crooked Tree Agriculture Show and Public Service Information Day.
  9. Collaborate with the Ministry of Education to establish school gardens and integrate agriculture as a part of the curriculum for primary schools and ITVET institutions

Future Activities

  1. Improved and increased urban gardening coverage in Belize City.
  2. Support the establishment of a vegetable packaging facility in the Maskal area to assist farmers in distributing higher quality vegetables to the markets.
  3. Improve the port at Bomba to facilitate trade between the farmers from the Maskal area and the San Pedro markets.
  4. Support school feeding programs in four primary schools.
  5. Agricultural health related resources, including plant & animal diseases, plant & livestock management, and agriculture health research.

Services

The following are a few of the main services provided by the Unit:

  1. Provide Agriculture Extension services to Farmers and Stakeholders in (Crop, Livestock, Agro-processing & Marketing)
  2. Provide Animal health related resources, including livestock diseases, livestock management, and animal health research
  3. Collect and disseminate Agricultural Statistics to the Ministry of Agriculture Policy Unit.
  4. Preform Damage assessments, for the provision of disaster assistance
  5. Lobby with the Ministry of Agriculture and Partners in Development for Agriculture Projects for the Belize District.
  6. Monitoring and Evaluation past and new projects.
  7. Provides a collection of resources for marketing and trade related topics, including exporting and importing goods, domestic market research, and trade and policy.
  8. Control and Eradication swarms of Africanized Bees

Contact Information

Belize District Agriculture Office #: 203-2842

DAC Jose Tillett : email: jose.tillett@agriculture.gov.bz
EO Abraham Gonzales: email: abraham.gonzalez@agriculture.gov.bz

EO Vicente Tuyub: email: vicente.tuyub@agriculture.gov.bz

EO Francisco Xui: email: francisco.xui@agriculture.gov.bz

Collaboration

  • Ministry of Education
  • 
Ministry of Health
  • Cooperative Department
  • ITVET
  • Belize Garden Club
  • Emergent Corp
  • BAHA, IICA & CARDI
  • 
University of the West Indies-Belize Open Campus
  • Belize Cancer Society
+ Corozal District

Goal

To continue to provide relevant technical assistance to farmers in the Corozal District.

Background

The Corozal Agriculture Department is comprised of three extension officers and a District Agriculture Coordinator. The district is subdivided into four extension zones which comprises of twenty three villages in the area. Besides sugarcane cultivation the main agricultural produce are onion (70% of the market share), sweet pepper, tomato, corn, beans, sorghum and soybeans.

Activities

Some of the main activities provided by the Corozal Agriculture Department are:

  1. Provide technical support and training on pest and disease management, fertilizer recommendation and design of fertigation systems to onion farmers.
  2. Liaised with the Belize Marketing Development Corporation in the marketing of onions.
  3. Promote the concept of onion storage, which up to date has coordinated the construction of ten onion storage facilities.
  4. Promote onion trials with the assistance of the Research Unit to determine the best varieties for storage purposes.
  5. Promote the establishment of covered structures, under a controlled environment.
  6. Promote backyard gardens in rural areas for food security.
  7. Promote school gardens for school feeding programs.
  8. Implement project with “Partners in” Development for small farmers who are venturing into Agro-business.

Contact Information

District Agriculture Officer
Mr. Earvin Gentle email: dac.cz@agriculture.gov.bz
Extension Officers Contact # 402-2297
Mr. Andy Che
Mr. Carlos Tzul
Mr. Emilio Perez

Collaboration

  • Belize Marketing and Development Corporation
  • Cooperative Department
  • Pesticides Control Board
  • Customs and Police
  • Belize Agricultural Health Authority
+ Stann Creek District

Goal

The goal of the Stann Creek Agriculture Department is to develop the agriculture sector into a viable and competitive district that guarantees food security, and promote rural development.

Background

The Stann Creek Agriculture Department is located at Mile 9, Valley Road, opposite to the Citrus Growers Association. The three main purpose of the station is to generate revenue, and serve as a learning center to transfer technology and best practices in swine, sheep, crops and agro- processing. The department its self has been serving the public with the production of quality swine and sheep breeding stock as well as a variety of assorted fruit trees. Every intervention done at the station is with the goal of achieving an integrated agriculture station to maximize the use of available resources by reducing the cost of production.

Services

  1. Sale of quality piglets
  2. Rental of Boar Service
  3. Rental of Ram Service
  4. Fruit tree plant sales
  5. Provide forage bank cuttings to farmers
  6. Chipping of forage banks
  7. Provide seed material to farmers (Root crops, pineapple, plantain suckers)
  8. Land Preparation
  9. Provide technical advice and trainings

Contact Information

District Agriculture Coordinator:
Ms. Fay Garnett – fay.garnett@agriculture.gov.bz
Extension Officers Tel # 502 – 2514
Mrs. Adelita Arzu- email: adelita84@yahoo.co.uk
Mr. Marvin Blades- email: extofficer.sc1@agriculture.gov.bz
Mr. Andrew Mejia- email: amejia1345@gmail.com

Collaboration

  • Belize Pesticide Control Board
  • Cooperative Department
  • 
Kids Connect
  • 
Ministry of Education
  • Belize Audubon Society (Project partners)

Location of District Agriculture Offices in Belize