The Chilean University of O'Higgins is working on a research project called Transfer: Photoselective Coverages in Kiwi, with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of kiwi producers through the use of photoselective coverage systems. The Innovation Fund for Competitiveness (FIC) has financed this initiative, which will last three years, with more than 220 million pesos.
The project is led by Dr. Catalina Pinto, who is working with Karen Mesa and Set Pérez, academics from the Institute of Agronomic and Veterinary Sciences of the UOH.
"Our initiative proposes developing innovations for those producers that wish to evaluate the adoption of coverage, either as a means of recovering orchards that have a low productive potential and/or to improve the profitability of this product," Dr. Catalina Pinto stated.
A demonstration structure is being built at Colchagua Campus. "This will be a space available for producers, professionals, and students who are interested in knowing this technology," Dr. Pinto added.
The project's first technical meeting was held at the Rancagua campus, where the materials that will be used in the kiwi orchards were analyzed and selected.
This is an important initiative for Chile, the third most competitive kiwifruit market in the world, as the country will have to apply new processes to face the challenges of climate change.