Prometeo Sánchez: "I believe that in Mexico a virtuous triangle has been established between academia, government and industry"
There are many aspects that must be considered to achieve better results in blueberry crops to meet the high standards that the market and demand demand from the global industry.
Professor Prometeo Sánchez García, considers that one of the most important elements is the soil, of which unfortunately we are witnessing its gradual degradation, for different reasons and in its different facets, such as the degradation in its physical quality, due to compaction, or chemical, due to the poor quality of the water, and also biological, which is the most important, because it has to do with the loss of organic matter or carbon.
In the case of Mexico, the studies stipulate that about 72% of the soils are degraded, not only physically and chemically, but also biologically.
Comprehensive nutrition management
In this perspective, Professor Prometeo Sánchez García, Ing. Agr. MS.c. Ph.D. Agricultural Sciences and president of the Mexican Society of Plant Nutrition AC has been developing a concept in the field of crops, called "Comprehensive nutrition management", in which he addresses the different aspects in a comprehensive and complementary way to face the good nutrition of crops.
This holistic approach developed by Professor Prometeo Sánchez is part of his participation in the XX International Blueberry Seminar, which will be held this June 2 and 3 at Expo Guadalajara, where he will give the talk: "Preparing access to distant markets: Relationships between nutrients to obtain quality fruit", which he will exhibit on the first day of the meeting.
What is the purpose of your talk?
The objective of the talk is to offer technical details on the integral management of nutrients in the field to produce blueberries with export quality.
New to the International Blueberry Seminars?
I have participated in other forums about blueberries in Mexico and South America, but this is the first time that I collaborate in the Blueberries event. It is attractive and comforting to share experiences and scientific knowledge generated by the undersigned in collaboration with the private initiative.
What is your vision of the Mexican blueberry industry?
I believe that in Mexico a virtuous triangle has been established between academia, government and industry, which has allowed us to develop practical knowledge to produce blueberries with excellent quality and safety, which allows us to enter and compete in all markets in the world . Although more than 95% of our production is destined for the American and Canadian markets. However, since Peru's exports to the United States have had an unfavorable impact on blueberry prices, blueberry projects in Mexico continue to grow thanks to the high profitability of the crop. Growth expectations continue to be favorable in both substrate and soil.
Professor Sánchez García has a recognized trajectory in the study of agriculture and is a firm defender of the thesis that the most important thing to achieve good productive results is on the surface and below it. It maintains that the first thing is the effective conditioning of the soil so that the water and the nutrients do their work effectively. It also pays attention to the proper choice of substrate, because sometimes it is a factor of significant losses, the product of rotting or other phenomena derived from a poor choice. On the other hand, it focuses on stimulating the roots. "If we do not have active roots, the absorption of calcium is very limited."
"The weather strips you naked"
"When we have problems with the climate we believe that this is the culprit of the disaster, but many times we have the problem on the surface, in the soil or with the roots," he says, and explains that many times we blame the climate or meteorological phenomena and we crossed our arms over this "unforeseen", but he insists that a comprehensive management of the crop should protect it from these threats, and comments that in Peru there is a popular peasant saying that says: "The weather strips you" that considers it very successful, explaining that what the climate does is show the truth of your mistakes or successes in agricultural management.
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