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Fruit revolution in full swing

Last year we reported on a project we are touting as being the next revolution for the fruit industry in Colombia.  We’re one year into the site specific agriculture based on farmer experience project and things are going better than expected.

For starters, we have 855 producers across the country sharing their experiences and production data, and a further 500 farmers participating through institutional agreements with a whole range of partners.  There have been 36 workshops throughout the country providing training on site specific agriculture, and spreading the word on our principles.  We have an informational video on the project, and the latest output of the project: a video of one producers experience in identifying black leaf streak disease, with demonstration of how he manages it.  The first of many to come out of the project.  We have results of analysis showing where citrus trees are best adapted, and some truly tecni-coloured Kohonen analyses telling us the secrets to high production in avocado based on real farm collected data.  And last but not least, we have an aptly named Frutisitio for keeping abreast of news, events and results from the project.

Site specific agriculture is also going viral in Colombia, with numerous local, regional and national level partners joining the revolution and doing their bit to ensure that Colombia enjoys a truly fruti-future.

Check out the Frutisitio for more info.


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