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The Mexican region of Aguascalientes harvests its first pitahayas

The head of Sedrae, Manuel Alejandro Gonzalez Martinez, reported that the producers of the municipality of Calvillo, which three years ago received the support from the Ministry of Rural and Agribusiness Development (Sedrae) to establish a new cultivation of pitahaya in an area of 30 hectares, were already harvesting the first fruits of this endeavor.

This state agency promotes crops that demand less water and are more profitable for producers, as part of the productive reconversion actions carried out in the state, based on the search for new crops with international demand.

Daniel Lopez Ledezma, producer and partner of the Propitamex Company, located in the municipality of Calvillo, said they started the project three years ago looking for an alternative and innovative crop that had better yields due to the losses they had experienced because of weather issues. After some research, they decided to cultivate pitahaya, an exotic fruit that comes from a cactus, also known as dragon fruit, and to form a company with the objective of exporting this fruit to the United States, Canada, and the European market

He said that they were already harvesting the fruit, but that the plants were still in development and that they still haven't reached their optimum production levels, which they expect will happen to start next year when they estimate they will obtain about 12 tons per hectare.

Daniel Lopez said they had opted to grow pitahaya because it was the best option. This fruit has wide benefits for human health, such as their high content of antioxidants and fiber, among other things, and because it doesn't require much water to be produced.



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