The Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation (Agrosavia) has presented two new varieties of guava that promise greater agro-industrial potential to the producers of the Asociación Agropecuaria Singalés del Corregimiento de Ceylon (Asoagropcin).
According to William Melo, professional in sustainable agricultural development of the social team of the United Nations Development Program (Pnud), “Agrosavia and Nutrium (a subsidiary company of Postobón) are planting new varieties that have already been validated in the field and the lab, and which meet the organoleptic characteristics required by Postobón. In total, 60 rural producers got the nurseries ready for Carmín 0328 and Rosa-C, two varieties that have attractive sugar and acidity levels for the agro-business and which are ideal for the production of juices and pulps due to their flavor and consistency.”
To obtain these two new varieties, Agrosavia supplied the genetic information through buds and the producers, with the support of Pnud, were in charge of developing the seedbeds, pattern germinators and grafts, as well as of monitoring the crop.
"We have been working on guava improvement for more than 30 years and these two new varieties respond to a historical demand from the industry, which had already wanted a red guava to produce pulps and juices, as well as to export them," said Diego Aristizabal, director of the Agrosavia Research Center in Palmira.