Research and Development

Goal

The Research and Development Unit goal is to Promote sustainable practices in horticulture crop production. Address the research needs of the agricultural sector through R&D networking.

Background

The Central Farm Research and Development is a centralized station compromised of five main sections: Administration, Livestock, Crops, Agro-processing and Agriculture Engineering.

Activities

  1. Research under cover structures/Open Fields
  2. Variety trial for various Crops
  3. Pesticide Efficacy Trial
  4. Validation of seeds varieties
  5. Promote efficient weed control system in exotic fruit production.
  6. Execute Pesticide Efficacy Evaluation in main horticulture crops (Cucurbits,Crucifers and Solanaceas) using Good Pesticides Management Practices.
  7. Promote backyard garden in Belize and utilize farm resources in an efficient manner to produce healthy and quality vegetables.
  8. Production of Organic Fertilizers

Services

The unit serves as a research and demonstration center which provides services and training to student, farmers, farmers group, cooperatives, extension agents and NGO’s.

Future Activities

  1. Facilitate the development of Five garden centers to support Ministries of Agriculture and Education Initiatives
  2. Central Farm Small Scale Agriculture Demonstration site
  3. NATS show grounds Agriculture display model/Demo Site
  4. World Food Day School Garden Demonstration and Training Model

Contact Information

Director of Research and Innovation
Ina Sanchez – ina.sanchez@agriculture.gov.bz

Horticulture Technicians
Teresita Balan – teresita.balan@agriculture.gov.bz
Cristobal Teck – cristobal.teck@agriculture.gov.bz
Anita Ochaeta – anita.ochaeta@agricuture.gov.bz
Gary Ramirez – gramirez@agriculture.gov.bz