STUDIES ON THE PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION Of OILSEEDS IN BELIZE

To conserve foreign exchange and increase income of farmers, studies for oilseed production and utilization were started in 1981. The limitations to annual crop production were: high rainfall during crop growth especially at harvesttime for the June planted crop; difficulty of land preparation and less and erratic rainfall for the November to January planted crop. These difficulties have been overcome to a great extent by forming land into raised beds, minimum tillage technology and selection of crops and their varieties. Soybean varieties yielding up to 3.5 tons per ha have been identified. High yielding sesame varieties have been selected. Low erucic varieties of mustard have been tested. Yield of sunflower was considered low for commercialization. To keep the capital and recurring expenses of oil mill low, and to get high protein and high energy feed, oilseeds should be mechanically pressed rather than solvent-extracted. Results of a trial indicated that broilers could be raised on whole fat soybean. Whole fat soybean is being mixed with corn by a tortilla factory, for improved human nutrition.


Issue Date:
Aug 25 1986
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Language:
English
Total Pages:
16




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