The Cuban province of Ciego de Avila is making progress in diversifying its pineapple crops by introducing new cultivars suitable for export.
According to Reinaldo de Avila, the director of the Ernesto Guevara Base Business Unit (UEB), belonging to the Ceballos Agro-industrial Company, the Maximo Gomez University's Bio-plant Center is in charge of providing the vitroplants that will be used in the program.
The collaboration project fosters the productive chain between the scientific center, the producing entity, and the industry where the fruits will be processed.
De Avila said that they had already planted the first 13,500 seedlings of Perola pineapple, a very thorny and resistant variety of Brazilian origin that has white pulp, has good yields, and fruits of approximately 1.2 kilograms that are good for industrial processing.
Specialists from the Bio-plant Center said that they were working together with the Ceballos Agroindustrial Company in the search for new pineapple genotypes that are more resistant to climatic conditions, affectations by pests, and that have better qualities for export.
As part of the collaboration agreement, they delivered 30,000 vitroplants of Perola and Cayenne Lisa to the UEB, and they hope to complete 90,000 units at the end of the year, to contribute to the diversification and replace imports.