BAHA launches new lab in Central Farm

BAHA held the inauguration ceremony for the launching of their new polymerase chain reaction lab today in Central Farm. We spoke to CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche who informed us on the benefits of this lab and the importance of it to the agriculture industry.

Jose Alpuche, CEO in Ministry of Agriculture“The opening of this PCR lab puts BAHA at a much higher level in terms of thvlcsnap-2015-07-23-11h36m34s135e level of testing that can be done locally in Belize. In the past we’ve had to send out most of our testing to be done outside, either in Mexico or the US, now a lot of the confirmatory tests can be done in Belize, it still is not a complete lab, we still have to send certain tests outside but the vast majority for primary confirmation can now be done in Belize by BAHA.”

Alpuche also explained to us what PCR is, what the process entails, and an estimate of the cost of the building.

Jose Alpuche “It’s a testing where they basically take apart the plant and test it using polymerase technology – a chain reaction technology to detect presence of whatever, in this case, virus or bacteria that they’re looking for.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Gaspar Vega was present for the ceremony and the ribbon cutting.

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