The most recent meeting of the different nuclei that make up the national cluster of Pitahaya producers (CLUNAPROPI) was held at the pitahaya production farm of engineer Rafael Chavez. At the farm, Chavez showed the assistants the different production techniques that ensure this product complies with the sanitary and phytosanitary standards of the WTO, demonstrating that pitahaya can be an ecological product, free of pesticides and friendly to the environment, easy to grow in the areas with less rainfall in the country.
Despite being a commercial farm, Chavez is carrying out a series of investigations to train producers interested in pitahaya cultivation.
9 Pitahaya farms with 0.3144 hectares each will be installed throughout the country via the National Pitahaya Cluster, sponsored by the National Competitiveness Council. Each of these plots will be used for research and demonstration purposes in order to promote the production of this highly-nutritive fruit.
This meeting presented the associated producers with the opportunity to be trained and acquire the knowledge to produce this fruit, which is in great demand in the European, Japanese, North American and Canadian markets in good volumes and with high quality. The National Council of Agricultural and Forestry Research (CONIAF) has sponsored 48 talks given by engineer Silverio Rafael Chavez to 2,880 producers from different regions of the country so that they are informed about this crop's potential.