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Argentina: Entre Rios incorporates soft fruits into citrus production

In recent years, the traditional production of citrus fruits from the NE region of Entre Ríos has incorporated other intensive fruit crops, such as blueberry and blackberry, which are very perishable and highly appreciated due to their nutraceutical characteristics. 

The surface devoted to blackberries in Entre Ríos (in Concordia and Nogoya) is not very significant, while the area devoted to blueberry has a greater development in this region. The incorporation of these fruit trees allows producers to diversify their current fruit production, taking advantage of their existing capital, and increasing the region's fruit supply. 

The rational and sustainable management of crops is achieved by knowing their environmental, nutritional, and health requirements. Berries need intensive care and their perishability imposes very specific requirements in post harvest and transport. 

One of the main advantages of Entre Ríos is that there is a strong tradition in the cultivation of fruit trees. Therefore, the region has skilled labor in the management of this kind of crops. In addition, they also have experience in the management and marketing of blueberries. 

Berries are native to other countries, so much of the management is based on information from other regions, which have different varieties and different agricultural and ecological conditions. The region has very little experience in the production of soft fruits and needs to adjust the management and commercialization measures of these non-traditional crops to the local agricultural and ecological conditions, and transfer this knowledge to the producers. 


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