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#500543 - 01/31/15 09:49 AM National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015
Marty Offline
The dates have been changed for The National Agriculture and Trade Show. It was supposed to be held on the 24, 25 and 26th of April, but the dates have been changed to May first, second and third. It seems the business community asked for dates closer to payday to increase the purchasing power of visitors. Sale of booths will begin on February 23rd - since work is being done to improve the infrastructure and this will affect the booth layout.

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National Agriculture and Trade Show

The National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture hereby informs the general public that the dates for the 2015 show has been changed to May 1, 2 and 3. The theme of the show remains as “Stimulating Prosperity in Agriculture and Food Production through Renewed Public Private Partnership”. The grounds are currently being prepared and concessioners and food vendors are advised that sale of booths will begin February 23, 2015.

For More Information Contact:
Mr. Roberto Harrison
828-5092

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The dates for the annual National Agricultural and Trade Show (NATS) have been changed to the first, second and third of May, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture has announced.

The original dates were scheduled for the 24th, 25th and 26th of April but the Ministry changed it after considering the business community’s request for the show to be moved closer to a pay day so as to increase visitors’ purchasing power.

The theme of the show is “Stimulating Prosperity in Agriculture and Food Production through Renewed Public Private Partnership.”

Preparations are already being made for the upcoming show. Booths for the show will start being sold to concessionaires and food vendors on February 23rd.

Last year’s Agric Show drew over 26,000 to the show grounds over two days without any major incident of violence, as there was heavy police presence. Last year’s total visitors was an increase from the 18,000 that visited the year before.

According to the NATS Committee, at last year’s show only about 40 percent of all booths belonged to actual agricultural or agro-industrial businesses, while the rest belonged to a variety of service providers and product retailers.

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#501435 - 02/23/15 08:17 PM Re: National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015 [Re: Marty]
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National Agriculture and Trade Show Announces New Dates for the Sale of Booths

The National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee is hereby informing the public that the new date for the sale of booths has been changed to Thursday, 26th February 2015. Contact person for the sale of booths is Ms. Catherine Hob; phone number 828-5099/822-2332/624-9459, email address catherine.hob@agriculture.gov.bz.

Concessioners who held booths last years are advised to call immediately to secure their booths, indicating the booth number they held.

The committee apologizes for any inconvenience caused but this delay is because logistical preparation on the grounds is still ongoing.

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#503566 - 04/22/15 10:25 AM Re: National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015 [Re: Marty]
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Coming up soon!

as friday may 1 is holiday, the mnra has decided that friday will be 'family day' and the regular admission (adult $5.) is not applied, FREE ADMISSION all day friday for all. the official opening ceremonies are at 1 oclock friday may 1. sat and sunday regular.... booths will be open from approx 8 am til 5 pm all 3 days.

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#503641 - 04/24/15 10:41 AM Re: National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015 [Re: Marty]
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Prepare for the National Agriculture & Trade Show 2015!

The ‘Agric’ Show is coming soon (May 1st – 3rd) and well, the excitement builds as Belizeans anticipate the overload of produce, livestock, FLOWERS (our favorite thing) and food/drink/music that will be available over the 3-day weekend.

Click here to read about Dennis’ experience a couple years back. We’ll be swinging by to check out the wares this year for sure…and as such, are planning ahead.

As someone from the Cayo District who appreciates the cool sea breeze during these hot months, I also realize that inland will be HOT!!!

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


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#503830 - 04/30/15 11:51 AM Re: National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015 [Re: Marty]
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National Agriculture Show starts this Friday in Belmopan

Thousands of Belizeans from both at home and abroad are now gearing up to visit the National Agriculture and Trade Show NATS, this coming Friday, which conveniently is Labor Day, while the show has also been scheduled to continue on both Saturday and Sunday of this coming weekend. Almost complete, the Agriculture Show Grounds is a well managed area under the auspices of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture and is located by Roaring Creek Village and the Guanacaste Park, within walking distance from the main entrance to Belmopan City. The theme for this year’s show is “Stimulating Prosperity in Agriculture and Food Production through Renewed Public Private Partnership.”

To bring in the crowds, the entrance to the Agriculture Show grounds will be free on Friday to honor our hard working Belizeans and their families. A concert will start right after the official opening ceremonies at around 2:30 pm this Friday at the Creek Side Entertainment Stage. Entrance fees for Saturday and Sunday are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children within the age range of 12 to 5 year old.

To facilitate the crowd’s access to the show grounds there will be three entrances. The ‘main gate’ remains a pedestrian entrance while the ‘4H Gate doubles as a pedestrian and vehicular entrance. The ‘Roaring Creek Bridge Gate’ remains the vehicle exit gate, but a new pedestrian visitor center is being built and pedestrians can now enter there.

As excitement builds for the NATS, it is useful to consider that it is among the largest such shows in Belize that brings both families and friends together to celebrate the agricultural achievements of our farmers throughout the year. According to the just released booklet from the National Institute of Culture and History, ‘A Walk through El Cayo,’ Belize’s first agricultural fair began on November 14, 1962 at an area that is now know as the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town.


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#503956 - 05/04/15 06:35 PM Re: National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015 [Re: Marty]
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Sensational Selfies @ the National Agriculture & Trade Show 2015


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#503963 - 05/05/15 10:39 AM Re: National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015 [Re: Marty]
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Courtney Plays Cowgirl

The national agricultural and trade show drew thousands to the fairgrounds in Belmopan over the weekend - but we went there for the rodeo, our first visit in three years. And if you're going to the rodeo, you go to see the main event: bull riding. We traveled to Belmopan yesterday to find out why just like prize fighting, bull riding is just for a chosen few.

Courtney Weatherburne
"Looking into this holding pen, these over 1,700 pounds bulls are calm and subdued, but in just a couple of minutes that would change as they are unleashed in the battle against man. A test of will, power and pride."

Courtney Weatherburne reporting
And that battle will be fought in this arena in front of scores of cheering fans. These bulls are poked and prodded out of the holding pen and placed in the chute, where it meets its opponent.

Both man and beast are engaged. These bulls are bred for this sport. But these riders have their own techniques.

Marlon Lobo, Young bull rider
"I just have one mind to sit down and not drop but you know, you have to work for it. You have to work for what you want. You have to work so hard. You know what those bulls do? They could go down speeding on the left, change leap on that side and you have to watch their head how they jump."

Devon Sutherland, Young bull rider
"It's risky indeed, but when you ride a bull you don't watch that. If you ride a bull and you're afraid of him and you think that you'll get hurt, you will get hurt."

Wilbert Vasquez, Veteran rider
"You have to have ideas about bulls. Most of the majority, their flings come out hard with you. You have to know when to change with the bull. When the bull changes from right to left, you have to know when to switch your body. And majority of the time you have to ride the bull from here up. You have to be flexible in your body to dance with the bull. The bull moves left, you move left with him. And when you come out, you lock your chin down and hold up. Hold down strong with your hand and hold up your chin and that's it to ride a bull."

Courtney Weatherburne
"Bull riding is only one aspect of the rodeo. Another element is calm roping."

And it's through calf roping that these riders perfect those techniques to graduate to bull riding.

Hugo Miranda, Coordinator, Rodeo Show
"The calf roping is geared to basically prepare our youths. They are to be ready for that bull riding program as soon as they are over 18. Some of these kids are jumping bulls, some of them are younger than 18. The thing is, it creates a sport for these kids as well and I will tell you it needs a lot of courage and a lot of manhood."

Apart from manhood, it takes love for the sport because although these techniques have led some of these riders to victory before, nothing can prepare them for the imminent danger that lies beyond those chute gates.

Marlon Lobo, Young bull rider
"They say it takes four years to make it come back. So within those four years I don't know if I can ride up to those days."

Courtney Weatherburne
"Wow, that's really serious. It will take 4 years to really properly for you to be able to come back. Do you think that after the 4 years you would definitely be back here for that agric, to be a part of this rodeo?"

Marlon Lobo, Young bull rider
"Sure."

Alyson Coye, Veteran Rider - Taking his last ride
"I got a broken leg right here, I got my knees separated. My wrists separated, both of them. But I continue, I just put some bandage and ignore the pain and go again. To me, I love it I would say much more than if I have a wife, I love it more than my wife. Because it's one of my sports that I dream about you know, and it's my life story."

Courtney Weatherburne
"Let's say that you weren't retiring today, if your wife and your children asked you to stop the sport or they would leave you, what would be your response?"

Wilbert Vasquez, Veteran rider
"Well if I wasn't retiring today, they would have needed to leave because I love this sport. I love the sport, I don't care where the rodeo is I go wherever."

Devon Sutherland, Young bull rider
"It's something that I love to do so, I don't think that it will, well it might kill me but I don't think I will stop right now."

And while they won't stop anytime soon, neither will the flood of fear that overcomes their family every time they mount these raging bulls:

Isabel Hoare, Mother of Rider Coye
"I am very scared, yes I pray a lot for him, I usually pray. I hold my hand on my heart because you never know what will happen."

And it is that uncertainty that drives these bull riders.

Hugo Miranda, Coordinator, Rodeo Show
"It's the thrill, they love the sport and I think that is what brings them to the show grounds right? There's another component that these guys, it's just like football you know. They want to be the best. These guys, you see how those bleachers were filled today? They have their own crowds. So that is what triggers them you know. It's like the Saturday night fight you know. Mayweather and Pacquiao. That's what their aiming for."

Courtney Weatherburne
"No broken limbs or estrange spouse can deterred these daredevils from the thrill of the ride. For these cowboys, danger is like a drug and a few busted parts is just an occupational hazards."

Out of the 26 bull riders, none were victorious- in a match between man and beast, beast won. The bulls are brought from Guatemala.

On a related note, in terms of the Agriculture and Trade Show, 40,000 people attended on Saturday and Sunday this year - 4,000 more than last year.

Channel 7


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#503970 - 05/05/15 11:16 AM Re: National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015 [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Thousands Converge on Agric Showgrounds

Thousands of Belizeans annually converge on Belmopan for the national agricultural and trade show, which was held over the weekend in the Old Capital. The three-day show celebrates agriculture, but over the years, the fair has also become a major event to spur economic activity for the private sector. This year, organizers improved the facilities and among the highlights was the announcement of the winning farmers of the year. Duane Moody was at the show grounds and has this report.

Duane Moody, Reporting

The three-day event commenced on Friday and those in attendance would normally take advantage of the great deals on phones and other gadgets, furniture, as well as products and services offered by numerous companies.

But the event is also one for the family….an outing where they can enjoy the mechanical rides, or try some of the tasty cuisine available at the various food courts on the grounds. And then there were the sporting events including dirt bike riding, the rodeo for the seniors and juniors as well as zip-lining, which was a first at the show grounds.

Visibly so, there were several infrastructural changes that would ease the congestion and flow of traffic on the grounds. Chair, Roberto Harrison, says that the new facilities, which include a station for the police, are part of a two-year strategy.

Roberto Harrison

Roberto Harrison, Chair, NATS

“There is a development plan of the grounds. It started two years ago. This year we managed to do quite a bit of what we had intended to do—permanent structures that can last its time, but also strategic. For example in front of us we have a food court, we have hotdog stands now; pavilions for different purposes—entrepreneurs, foods, agricultural displays. So a lot of the infrastructural development is happening over time and the comments we get from people is that there is improvement from previous years. There’s four main gates open to pedestrians as well so we are quite strategic with what we are doing on the grounds.”

Several N.G.O.s and schools also participated at the Agric…including OCEANA and the University of Belize. This year, the national university brought out a business class and tested its students on their marketing skills; the project would count for thirty-five percent of their final grades.

Teresita Juan

Teresita Juan, Business Science Student, UB

“It also helps to give us a little insight on what it is to engage with people, engage with customers and that’s what’s really exciting. So we learn a lot from them as well as our customers get to learn a lot from us. So what we are engaging is “Oh Snap;” it’s a Polaroid photo service. And we have a special promotion so a Polaroid is four dollars; take two and you get a free necklace.”

But the Agricultural Show could not be without horseback riding and a livestock display. Another big feature is the winners of farmers of the year. The select process starts in January. Eighteen candidates were shortlisted and then the best female, best male and best junior farmers are selected. This year all three titles were won by farmers in the Cayo District.

Fay Garnett

Fay Garnett, District Agricultural Coordinator, Cayo

“Well a lot of the farmers now in the Cayo district have really been investing lot in their farming system. The issue of climate change is an important one for us now; proper soil management, even looking at more sustainable practices; those are some of the things that the farmers are much more aware of now. The extension officers are working a great deal in terms of trying to get them into farm groups and meeting with them, discussing all these issues. A lot of them for example, you might look at the crops and say they are a little bit big or unusual. This is simply because now, we have learned over years how to manage these crops properly. We look at better fertilizer programs, we look at incorporating things like organic compost, bio-fertilizers and we also look at irrigation, which is something that we know that now we experience these long drought periods so the irrigation allows farmers to produce throughout the year. And the quality is improved at the same time.”

The farmers of the year were Jose Lewis Uk from Calla Creek Village, Esmeralda Escobar from La Gracia and junior, Dean Tzib from San Antonio. Duane Moody for News Five.

Channel 5


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#504045 - 05/07/15 11:31 AM Re: National Agriculture and Trade Show 2015 [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

2015 National Agricultural and Trade Show is Great Fun!

The annual National Agricultural and Trade Show kicked off in fine fashion on Friday, May 1st.

Held each year in Belmopan, the three-day event show cases businesses and agriculture related services from around the country. It’s an occasion people throughout Belize look forward to each year, and the weekend days see record crowds.

This year, under partly cloudy skies and a tad cooler temps compared to other traditionally hot years, folks turned out in numbers for a family day of fun.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the San Pedro Sun


National Agriculture & Trade Show held in Belmopan

The National Agriculture & Trade Show NATS, being Belize’s biggest exposition dedicated to showcasing the work of small and medium enterprises as well as promoting Belize’s products, ended this past Sunday after three days of continuous fun filled activities. Some 18,000 persons visited Belize’s only dedicated facility for NATS by the Guanacaste Park in Belmopan on Saturday and a further 22,000 persons visited on Sunday; an increase by about 6,000 persons from last year’s show.

His Excellency, the Governor General Sir. Colville Young did an inspection of the Guard of Honor opening the official ceremonies at about 1:30 pm last Friday. Present for the opening were members of the diplomatic corps, heads of departments and other senior government officials. His Worship Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan also took the opportunity to welcome everyone to Belmopan and urged all to enjoy the festivities.

The Guest Speaker for the occasion was Jose Ruiz Sebastian Marcucci, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock from Guatemala. In his short presentation, Jose Marcucci reported that Guatemala last year created 1,500 credit programs and gave farmers technical assistance to produce corn and rice. He also said that this year, Guatemala will give out over 1,000,000 sacks of fertilizers to micro and large producers---in a country where there exist some 1000 extension officers. Jose Marcucci reminded the audience of the historic moments between Belize and Guatemala on December 17, 2014, where some 13 bilateral agreements were signed, that encouraged the process of strengthening the bilateral relations between both countries; to be able to in the near future establish cultural agreements in agriculture, forestry and the biological sphere.

Also to speak was the Hon. Gaspar Vega, the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, who urged all to “…celebrate the achievements of our farmers and all our other industrious Belizeans.” The Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture also said that he was happy to be joined by Jose Marcucci at NATS and to forge benefits for the Region.

“Agri-culture is one area where collaboration among neighbors is critical…,” he said, citing that a memorandum of understanding had been signed last year for Belizeans to export live cattle to Guatemala.

“I am sure that you will agree that since I took over responsibility for Agriculture, every year you have seen improvements in the (NATS) show,” said the Hon. Vega, who took time out during the show to visit booths and meet countrymen.

During the opening ceremonies last Friday, three outstanding farmers were decorated by Queen of the Bay of Belmopan. Such a symbolic gesture was fitting for three farmers whose work contributes to Belize’s food security.

Worthy recognition went out to Junior Farmer of the Year Dean Tzib, a 25 year old farmer from San Antonio Village in Cayo, who maintains a 20 acre farm. He grows a variety of crops as well as animals, incorporating agro-ecological practices in his farming system, which includes the use of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers such as humus and compost. Also recognized was Ms. Esmeralda Beatrice Escobar as Woman Farmer, for maintaining a 112 acre family farm in La Gracia Village in the Cayo District for which 65 acres are mechanized. In addition to growing fruits and vegetables, Esmeralda Escobar now has two Tilapia ponds measuring 100 X 100 feet. Also ‘sashed’ was 30 year old Jose Uk, for being Senior Farmer of the Year, who gained great favor by placing his hilly 10 acres of landscape under production. Jose Uk grows Citrus, Avocados, Coconuts, Custard Apple, Mangoes and Plantains. He also raises Cattle, Sheep, Pigs and Chickens in an Integrated Farm approach that is viable for him and his family.

During the second day of the NATS, various entrepreneurs came out on the show grounds to exhibit their wares. Among them was Suraj Baxani, from Holland Belize, who maintains a wide variety of low energy Light Emitting Diodes LEDs. According to Suraj Baxani once Belize changes to LEDs there will be tremendous savings in energy, for which he has already approached the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology & Public Utilities during the past year with his suggestions.

Also during the NATS, a full list of foods were on display such as fruit jams, juices, jellies, bottled fried beans and cassava products that came courtesy of the National Agro Processing unit within the Ministry of Agriculture. Coordinator of that Unit, Ana Howe, made special emphasis that her team works to develop small scale agro processing enterprises, towards increased food security through product research, development and technology transfer.

Some of those very products that Ana Howe had on exhibit were on promotion by The Belize Shop at NATS, but on which during normal times has its headquarters at the Belize Marketing & Development Corporation, located at 117 North Front Street in Belize City. Emil Usher, coordinator of the Belize Shop told us that he is inviting agro-processors to contact him with their labeled Belizean products at 227-3409 or 624-9540.

While the first day of National Agriculture & Trade Show was free for all, in order to recognize families and workers, a small fee was required for the next two days, which were action filled with numerous mechanical rides, rodeo shows and even canoe racing. With the many Belizeans coming out to taste the various cuisines, drinks and meet long time friends, the learning process was also enduring, to fit the theme: “Stimulating Prosperity in Agriculture and Food Production through Renewed Public Private Partnership.

The Guardian


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