The project to strengthen Nicaragua's fruit and vegetable production was inaugurated on December 12 in Managua, thanks to the undisputed support provided by Taiwan.
The project will last one year and nine months, from October 1st, 2018 to June 2020.
The Ambassador of Taiwan, Jaime Chin Mu Wu, encouraged producers to continue improving their quality of life and said they have state-of-the-art technology and the support of technicians from Taiwan to improve their crops' quality and production.
"We want to improve fruit and vegetable production by using very high quality technology, for starters in the two centers of Chavez and Fidel Castro, to benefit some 120 or 150 producers. However this is just to start the production with them, we hope that it will later disseminate throughout the national territory, just like what happened with the potato and with the papaya. This is an activity that comes to strengthen us, our food security, and the income of our families," said Miguel Obando, the Sub-director of INTA.
Jairo Videa, a producer who is benefiting from this, thanked the government of Taiwan, as he could now continue to produce quality products with technology.
Zayda Coronado, a producer from San Francisco Libre, said she would produce papaya, melon, and chiltoma.
The project creates adequate infrastructure conditions for the production and propagation of healthy seedlings, in addition to the production of bio-inputs with the aim of contributing to the food security of small and medium-sized producers by providing them with new technologies to increase their agricultural productivity.
This project is expected to increase the area devoted to vegetable production in 7 departments by 5%, and increasing production by 10%.
In addition, two plants for the production of vegetable and fruit seedlings will be rehabilitated. Moreover, authorities expect the program will lead to the promotion and sale of some three million vegetable seedlings units, and the establishment of an asexual propagation system of 35,000 papaya seedlings.