Peru tests new cranberry varieties as an alternative to Biloxi

Peru has imported numerous varieties of blueberry plants during the last decade. Recently the country started the evaluation of superior cultivars after joining an international organization.

Inka's Berries agricultural manager, Jaime Jiménez explained to that more than 30 varieties of plants had been imported into the country since 2004, almost entirely from Chile and the United States.

While some of these varieties performed well in the Andean country - especially Biloxi, which accounts for a substantial part of Peruvian production - Jiménez said the industry has had to work to try to adapt them to local conditions.

However, Peru gained access to better genetics when it joined the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) in 2012, and the country's nurseries have been busy testing the new varieties.

"After joining UPOV, the owners of the varieties began to trust the country and began sending their cultivars here to see how they behave and adapt to the conditions", he pointed.

However, he believes that the industry is not yet ready to establish how it would fare in the long term.

"In my opinion, not enough time has passed to decide if these varieties will grow well here"Pointed.

"I think maybe for 2016 or mid-2017 farmers will be able to see the results and decide if the varieties are a good alternative", Agregó.

Meanwhile, Jimenez said it would be "irresponsible" to recommend growers plant newly imported varieties without fully understanding their long-term prospects.


Source: Fruit Portal


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