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Strengthening of Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) in the Sugar Industry

The Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) and the European Union (EU) have entered into an 18 month agreement for the provision of Strengthening Integrated Pest and Disease Management in the Sugar Industry. The project will deliver an effective and environmentally friendly pest and disease management system in the sugar industry. This project will create a competitive, diversified sugar industry that contributes to a sustainable environment in sugar production in Belize.. The specific objective is to Strengthening of Integrated Pest and Disease Management in the Sugar Industry.

The design and implementation of the a IPDM will be executed by the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute in close collaboration with key stakeholders including the three sugarcane farmers’ associations, government, developmental agencies and NGO’s.

1. Effective IPDM unit established with human resources, laboratory facilities and service provision with an early warning system serving the northern sugar belt.

2. Capacity of sugar cane farmers, associations and SIRDI strengthened on best practices in IPDM.

3. Field demonstration plots established to validate agronomic techniques in IPDM for participating cane farmers.

ACTIVITIES

1.1 Recruit and train PMU and IPDM units.

1.2 Design and construction of laboratory facility.

1.3 Procurement of vehicle, office and laboratory furniture, equipment and supplies.

1.4 Design and implement an effective monitoring system with an early warning system.

2.1 Specialize training for SIRDI staff.

2.2 Implement farmer and associations training

3.1 Develop criteria for the selection for demo sites.

3.2 Establish protocols in the execution of agronomical practices.

3.3 Collect data for the development of monitoring and early warning system.

BENEFICIARIES: Sugarcane Associations, Government of Belize, Sugar Industry in Belize, Sugarcane Farmers in Northern Belize, the Agricultural and General Population in Northern Belize.

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