Belize Citrus Growers Association: Report of damage by Hurricane Richard to the Citrus Industry of Belize

Tzul, Luis G. (2010) Belize Citrus Growers Association: Report of damage by Hurricane Richard to the Citrus Industry of Belize. Technical Report.

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    Abstract

    The prosperity of the Stann Creek valley was founded on bananas. The decline in banana production started in 1917 as a result of the Panama disease. Banana planting spread further up the valley in search of disease free land but in 1937 the ravages of Panama disease and Cercospora leaf spot finally killed the industry. During the period in which the Banana Industry was declining experiments with trial planting of citrus were very successful and ushered in the beginning of the Citrus Industry. In 1913 the first grafted citrus trees were imported Florida, and planted by Dr. S.O. Brown, Mr. W.A.J. Bowman and Mr. Alfred E. Vine, manager of the British Honduras Syndicate.The Citrus Industry is now one of the most important industries in Belize. It is the leading earner of foreign exchange in the agri-business sector of Belize’s economy. The area dedicated to production of citrus is estimated to be 43,000 acres. These are planted out in the Toledo, Stann Creek, Cayo, Belize districts and one farm in the Orange Walk district.Citrus earned$90.4M in 2007/08 (Table 1) and $73.9M in 2008/09 and an estimated $115m in 2009/2010.

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      Publisher: Luis G.Tzul
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 09:31
      Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:31
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1427

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