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Sheep and goat program receives continued financing

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Belize has received a fifth disbursement from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project between Belize and Taiwan that has been implemented since December 2015.  The project involves the expanding of 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. The latest disbursement will be used for breeding sheep purchasing, host teacher-training sessions for livestock extension officers and breeding sheep barn maintenance. According to a government release, Belize has the highest potential in small ruminant production in Central America and the Caribbean area because of its geographical features and natural environment but the country still experiences a shortage of good breeds of sheep and goat. The three-year project is estimated to cost approximately $1.62 Million US Dollars. Additionally, new genetic bloodlines of sheep are in production and will soon be available at reasonable prices. The stock will come from the newly imported breeding sheep from USA that has been incorporated in a breeding program to produce the offspring.


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