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Project Name: Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance System Enhancement Project
Project Description: In the past four years of implementation of the “Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project (Belize)”, the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center (the Center) at Central Farm was expanded and several improvements made, including: (1) expanded the sheep barn;(2) introduced three kinds of qualified breeding sheep;(3) improved and expanded paddock and pasture;(4) established commercial sheep and goat industry management Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);and (5) increased the number of the Center’s certified breeding sheep and goat from 20 to 244 and began the supply of qualified breeding sheep and goats to farmer since 2018, gradually showing the purpose of the program. In light of this success, the Government of Belize put forward the joint Goat and Sheep Production Diversification and Business Model Enhancement Program (Belize), the main aim of which was to improve the Center’s ability to provide a stable supply of breeding sheep and goats, continue to improve the country’s sheep and goat industry overall and enhance the market connectivity to increase the incomes of sheep and goat farmers. The main contents of the program were:
1. Assist Belize in improving sheep and goat rearing quality.
2. Conduct market value chain analysis and implement a marketing program to promote consumption and market penetration for sheep and goat products.
3.Strengthened the Sheep and Goat Traceability System to improve value chain efficiencies and branding quality sheep and goat products.

Implementation Start Date: 2020/3/26
Implementation End Date: 2024/3/25
Project Objectives: 1.Assist Belize in improving sheep and goat rearing quality
(1)Hold training such as workshops and observation meetings;
(2)Supply high-quality breeding sheep and goats;
(3)Train seed instructors to improve technical and information exchange.
2.Conduct market value chain analysis and implement a marketing program to promote consumption and market penetration for sheep and goat products
(1)Establish a buying and selling matching platform;
(2)Attend agricultural exhibition and auctions and promote the value added application of goat and sheep products,
(3)Value chain analysis.
3.Strengthened the Sheep and Goat Traceability System using the Belize Livestock Registry platform, which is owned by Government of Belize, to improve value chain efficiencies and branding quality sheep and goat products
(1)Train Extension personnel in traceability guidelines and procedures,
(2)Tag minimum 5,000 heads of breeding sheep and goat in the country
(3)Public Awareness
Executing Agency: 1.Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Immigration
2.Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize
Current Progress: To the end of December 2020, the following activities have been completed:
1.Completed the purchase of forage harvester and related agricultural equipment
2.Complete the maintenance of a simple composting house.
3.Complete the bidding procedures for the New Sheep Barn Project.
4.Completion of the two times seminar on sheep breeding and management. Due to the increasingly serious covid-19 pandemic, the training methods for other uncompleted courses changed to Facebook webpage and flash drive multimedia training methods.
5.Complete the operations of plowing, turning soil, planting and management of 8 hectares of pasture.
6.Completed plowing and turning of soil on 8 hectares of protein bank.
7.The National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center produces 188 lambs.
8.Completing the tendering of corn forage contract for developing forage supply chain to support dry season forage source.
9.The marketing manager who performs market analysis has delay to next year hiring due to the overall economic recession affected by the covid-19 epidemic.
10.Completion of the two times traceability system workshop. Due to the increasingly serious covid-19 pandemic, the training methods for other uncompleted courses changed to Facebook webpage and flash drive multimedia training methods.
11.Completed the production of advertising videos to promote the sheep tracing system, and broadcasted two promotional advertisements in the Love FM morning and evening news hours on December 14 and 17..
12.Assisted the officials of the Ministry of Agriculture to investigate, perform and record ear tags totaling 2,686 sheep.
13.Complete the establishment of a revolving fund management model.
14.Complete the survey report on the basic data of 51 general sheep farmers and handle publicity and guidance for these farmers.
Project Coordinator Name: Wu, Cheng-Hsien
Project Coordinator Phone: +886-2-28732323 Ext.237
Project Coordinator E-mail: c.h.wu@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits: Improvement in farmers’ income for sheep and goat rearing in Belize of at least 30 percent.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Central America, Belize
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2020/5/12
  • Date Updated:2021/2/2