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SciMax Clients Experience Tropical Agriculture of Belize

Over 30 SciMax Specialists, clients and spouses returned last week from a week long educational trip to the Central American country of Belize. We arrived in San Ignacio, Belize on Thursday, February 26th. From there we were fortunate enough to tour the agriculture in the Cayo district of Belize including Spanish Lookout, Valley of Peace Farms and Cayo Agro. The tour began with a drive through Spanish Lookout which is a Mennonite community. The Mennonites in this part of the country were the main agricultural producers beyond the sustenance farming that many natives practice until recent years when others have been joining the face of Belizean agriculture. The crops that we saw on our driving tour were corn, soybeans, red beans, kidfarm tour groupney beans, black eyed peas and many other small crops. Valley of Peace Farms currently farms 1,200 acres of corn and edible beans in Belize, MaxYield Coop and SciMax Solutions have known and worked with the owners on their American farming operation for many years. We traveled through many of their farms and were able to see they process of tearing down trees and underbrush, burning, cultivation and planting, ending at field of red kidney beans that had just flowered. They also had a root pit dug so we were able to see they forest soils that they are planting into. Cayo Agro is the grain setup and farm of Valley of Peace Farms. This was an amazing thing to see since it was all built to stand up to hurricane strength winds.
The next few days included cultural tours and travel to Placencia in the southern Stann Creek district. We toured BAL, Belize Aquaculture LTD which is a large producer of farm raised shrimp. BAL is committed to sustainable aquaculture with their inland ponds. The tour included a look at the production facility, microbiology labs, shrimp ponds and the shrimp hatchery. Along with the farm and shrimp tours, the group experienced many cultural activities of Belize including Mayan ruin, cave, wildlife and rainforest tours. A special thanks to Valley of Peace farms, Cayo Agro and Rosens for making this trip possible.
Look for more information on the 2016 SciMax Client Trip coming soon!