Yesterday the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise Jose Mai held a meeting with the Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize H.E Remus Li-Kou Chen, at the Cayo Central Farm sheep and goat project sponsored by Taiwan. Minister Mai and Ambassador Chen toured the facilities and discussed matters of mutual concern and interest to both countries. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has that story.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: The Minister of Agriculture, Honorable Jose Abelardo Mai, held a meeting with the Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize Remus Li Quo Chen to discuss the sheep project as well as other future plans. Minister Mai and Ambassador Chen spoke to the media after the meeting in Central Farm.
Hon. Jose Mai, Minister of Agriculture: “It’s the first time I’m visiting the sheep and the goat project here which is financed by the ROC Mission and I’m very impressed I think it’s the way to go. There is tremendous potential. I understand that the market for sheep has shrunk because of COVID but nevertheless I think the objective of this project here from what I understand it to be is to improve the genetics in the country and from what I’ve seen the three breeds I think that we’re doing very well in meeting the objectives. We have to adjust the prices to the farmers because from what I’m being told it’s a little expensive for farmers but we’re going to address that immediately. The farmers need to get these improved genetics and they have to be able to afford it so there’s no use to have improved genetics and farmers can’t afford it so we have to make it affordable to the farmers so we have decided that we will do that so that the farmers can have these males and females breeding animals on their farms.”
Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize: “Today we are in the location of the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center and I think that’s very special because this project has been established for four years and it has achieved great success in terms of introducing a very great high quality breed of sheep and goat to actually give the Belizean population a new selection of their source of protein by actually using the products of the great farmers here who raise sheep or goats because of the pure bred efforts of this section. But not only that, to get a briefing of the progress and the treatment of this very important program here now they’re entering into the second phase of this project after four years. In terms of the guidance we try to have more promotional activities for example like maybe some culinary activities to taste the very outstanding products of mutton from this center then there will also be more marketing and public campaigns.”