Worker harvesting and packing blackberries. Female hands are more adequate for the collection of blackberry. Photo TLANI
Currently, the Tupy variety isn't being cultivated in Jalisco because producers have decided to invest in new varieties that have a wider commercial window, greater production volumes, and much better prices.
TUPY blackberry orchard without macro-tunnels and irrigations systems in Michoacan. Foto TLANI
After having compared the agricultural practices of blackberry production in Jalisco and Michoacan, David Aguilar, head of operations of the agricultural advisory TLANI, stated "Mexico's berry cultivation started in Michoacan, thanks to its favorable climate, abundant water, and soil richness. At that time, the variety that fulfilled the export conditions was the TUPY variety, which also had a production cost per hectare of no more than 400 thousand pesos."
Tuyp blackberry orchard without macro-tunnels and irrigation systems in Michoacan. Photo TLANI.
DASHA blackberry crops of the DRISCOLL'S company in Mexico
In time, the Tupy variety declined and Michoacan is currently in serious trouble due, in large part, to the proliferation of the Fusarium Oxyporum fungus. This, however, hasn't been a problem for the producers from Jalisco, as they decided to invest in new agricultural technology and new varieties.
The CATHERINE blackberry variety, which is produced in the center of Mexico, was patented by DRISCOLL'S and its value, brix degrees, and production volume surpass that of the TUPY free variety that is grown in Michoacan.