Administration, Financial & Sales Division - Citrus Research & Education Institute
Citrus Research & Education Institute

Veronica Manzanero Majil - Research & Extension Director:
ImageSupport for CREI Staff, develop programme strategy for CREI, implementation and reporting, budget development, institutional sustainability, representation on national and international committees. Additional projects: Coordinator for Huanglongbing (HLB) control project.


Luis Gabriel Tzul - Extension Service Coordinator.
ImageExtension Officer responsible for Citrus Production Management Area (CPMA1 or Zone 01) of the Citrus Industry of Belize. Responsibilities include working with stake holders of the citrus industry to create an effective flow of communication that will ensure adaptation and implementation of improved citri-cultural practices for management of Citrus Greening and to increased productivity of the farm.

Specific area of expertise is citrus nutrition and soil fertility. Promote good practices that will ensure that Growers take care of the health of their soil and develop fertilizer and liming programs for the citrus farm system. Work together with Citrus Growers to identify bottlenecks in their production system and thus improving their efficiency through farm management.


Lester Muralles Cabral - Agronomist (Zone 4):
Image Responsible to facilitate the exchange of agricultural information to and among farmers and ensuring that they understand and appropriately use the information to obtain the best production results. The areas specialty include but not limited to Citrus productivity, Farm Management, Weed management, BCCP Citrus Nursery Inspector, Fruit Quality, Citrus Pest and Disease Management.


Luis Ruiz – Agronomist (Zone 2) /Vector Control Coordinator:
Image Responsible for the Citrus Production Management Area (CPMAS) or zone 2. Working together with Citrus Growers to investigate and develop cost effective methods for citrus production. Provide Citrus Growers with information, education, training and technological support to increase productivity and sustainability of the Belize Citrus Industry. Promote the implementation of effective management of weeds, fungal diseases, soils and citrus nutrition, harvesting and fruit quality.

Responsible for the Citrus Production Management Area (CPMAS) or zone 2. Working together with Citrus Growers to investigate and develop cost effective methods for citrus production. Provide Citrus Growers with information, education, training and technological support to increase productivity and sustainability of the Belize Citrus Industry. Promote the implementation of effective management of weeds, fungal diseases, soils and citrus nutrition, harvesting and fruit quality.


Yanis Murcia – Agronomist (Zone 3) / Citrus Production and Alternative Crop production Specialist.:
Image Responsible for Citrus Production Management Area (CPMAS) or zone 3. Consulting with Citrus Growers to develop and provide educational trainings and technical support for a sustainable and profitable production of quality citrus. Develop an effective flow of communication with growers to ensure adaptation and implementation of improved citri-cultural practices through participatory and customer friendly services including grove management, disease and pest monitoring, soil health and nutrition, fruit quality and harvesting. Coordinate the control of the Asian Citrus Psyillid and HLB management for zone 3. Assist in research and development of alternative juicable crops to compliment citrus production. Provide technical support for the Plant World nursery located at Red Bank.


Manuel Garcia – Belize Citrus Improvement Program (BCIP) Coordinator:
Coordinate and implement the Belize Citrus Certification Program (BCCP) to ensure that Belize citrus growers are provided with high quality disease free citrus plants Maintain under screen condition the collection of citrus germplasm and conduct serological and molecular analysis for the detection of citrus graft-transmissible-disease such as Huanglongbing, Citrus Tristeza and Citrus Psorosis. Responsible for coordinating an efficient soil and leaf analysis service.


Davis Marshall - Information Technology Officer:
ImageResponsible for running and maintaining the Belize Citrus Database, maintaining, developing and updating the CGA Website and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is also responsible for providing general support for the information technology needs of the Association including, maintenance, upgrading, and administrating the computer system network.


Ian Rosado – Publications / Media Officer:
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Responsible for the development of all publications and media generated by the Citrus Growers Association. These include both printed and digital media – newsletters, magazines, calendars, brochures, booklets, manuals & fliers with an emphasis on keeping citrus growers updated with timely and accurate information for the improvement of the citrus industry.


Kenneth Moore - Mexican Fruit-fly Technician:
ImageTo carry out activities required for collecting data to determine fruit fly population for the establishment and maintenance of a Fruit-fly free area in Belize. Responsible for the weekly fruit-fly trapping under the fruit fly program and the servicing of any traps from other experiments being carried out in his specific work area. Such activities include: trap deployment, changing of lures, collection of specimens from traps and data collecting. Provide advice and training to growers related to the fruit-fly programme when requested.


Augustine Cho - Mexican Fruit-fly Control Team Supervisor:
ImageTo carry out activities required for the control of Mexican Fruit Fly population in village areas and abandoned groves for the establishment and maintenance of a Fruit-fly Low Prevalence Area in Belize. Responsible for organizing the weekly fruit-fly control activities in village areas and abandoned groves in the pilot fruit fly low prevalence area. Such activities will include: the proper handling and mixing of the fruit fly bait, the proper application of the bait, ensure the spray equipments are in good working conditions, ensure that the bait and equipment are stored safely and familiarize himself with the methods of fruit-fly control and the CGA manual for fruit fly control.


Javier Munoz - Mexican Fruit-fly Control Team Field Technician:
ImageTo carry out activities required for the control of Mexican fruit fly population in village areas and abandoned groves for the establishment and maintenance of a Fruit-fly Low Prevalence Area in Belize. Responsible to assist the Mexican Fruit-fly Control Team Supervisor in organizing the weekly fruit-fly control activities in village areas and abandoned groves in the pilot fruit fly low prevalence area. Such activities will include: the proper handling and mixing of the fruit fly bait, the proper application of the bait, ensure the spray equipments are in good working conditions, ensure that the bait and equipment are stored safely and familiarize himself with the methods of fruit-fly control and the CGA manual for fruit fly control.


Ery Burgos - Nursery & Groves Assistant Manager:
ImageExecute activities to ensure that the CREI groves produce the maximum amount of quality fruit with the lowest possible cost and minimal environmental impact. Manages the CREI nursery to ensure that the highest quality certified plants are produce and delivered to customers according to their requests for variety and rootstock and in a timely manner. Executes all activities directly related to the maintenance of the citrus variety collection at the Citrus Research and Education Institute. Also to ensure that plants production is conducted at the lowest feasible cost with minimal environmental impact and to ensure a reasonable profit for CREI.

 


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