Implementation Surveillance Project

The cattle sector has 100,000 heads of cattle as quantified in the last third Cattle Sweep Report, the potential for expansion in the sector is there, but require key investment of areas that will facilitate the commercialization of cattle.

In 2015 the Belize Livestock Registry recorded that Belize exported 27,000 heads of cattle and 1000 was slaughtered in the country for national consumption. Even when Belize has satisfied all the conditions for exportation to the Mexican market, cattle is being more commercialized with Guatemala.  

BLPA has developed a strategic plan projecting the vision of the cattle sector in the  next 25 years which set five major pillar if the cattle sector is to develop to a international competitiveness sector, this includes: proper organization and participation of cattle producers in the country; establishing a proper Traceability system. This is contemplated in the BLR Sustainability Plan.

As a continuation of the BNSCPP the Implementation Surveillance Project (ISP) has been placed with the expected output of declaring Belize free of Tuberculosis and maintaining the required testing also declaring Belize free of Brucellosis, with this continuation plan, it is also expected that the surveillance of other diseases of relevance will also observed. 

 Implementation Surveillance Project
Starting Date:         May 1st,2016

Objective:  Testing of a representative sample of the National Herd of Belize over a two years period 

 Estimated Results:  
1. Strengthening of the  cattle sector in areas that can permit market access 
2. Strengthening of the Cattle organization (s) to ensure proper channeling of the cattle producers participation and investment
3. Creation of proper infrastructure in both public and private sector that will provide for improvement of cattle and cattle product related activities 
4. Strengthening of the Public Health and Agriculture Health Organization to ensure compliance to the animal health standards
5. Capacity building of local actors and technical personnel to ensure understanding of the requirements in meat and cattle standard related matter
  1. Development of Protocol for Sampling the national herd
  2. National tour to meet the cattle producers of the country
  3. Hiring of project team
  4. Generation of Cattle community list
  5. Hiring of the first Team for testing of cattle in each community
  6. Updating of inventory Stocks of materials available
  7. Procurement of lab materials and equipment for BLPA technical staff
  8. Collecting from individual community and rancher
  9. Populating the BLR with information
  10. Field testing of all community in the official list
  11. Lab testing and results reports
  12. Maintaining a mobile patrol unit
  13. Training and capacity building of technical and admin staff
  14. Public Awareness and information sharing
  15. Epidemiological study of sweep 4 and 5
  16. Final Report
  17. Accounts consolidation and Financial Report
  18. Auditing of Project along BLPA accounts