Mendoza’s Plum Cluster, the Rural Development Institute, the INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology), the Iscamen (Mendoza’s Institute of Agricultural Health and Quality), the Ministry of Economy, and the Faculty of Agrarian Sciences (from UNCuyo) have organized a cycle of virtual meetings so that D'Agen plum producers can improve their crops and learn about the requirements to start exporting to China.
The virtual meetings will address various topics, such as management guidelines to increase productivity, good agricultural practices, pests, and export requirements.
The first meeting was held on Thursday, October 15, and it focused on how climate affects production, how cold hours and spring temperatures affect fruit set, as well as on pests and the general concepts of the registry for export of fresh fruit. You can watch the meeting in the following video:
The next meeting will be held this Thursday, October 22, starting at 5:00 p.m. This new meeting will focus on the flowering, setting, and fruit growth stages; fertilization and irrigation guidelines; principles of integrated pest management; integrated production experience in D'Agen plum crops; and the 7 basic points of GAP.
The third meeting will be held on Thursday, October 29, also at 5:00 p.m. It will focus on the maturity and harvest process, and the guidelines to optimize this process; the traceability of GAP through the use of field notebooks at the farm; and the procedure for field inspection for certification.
The last meeting will be held on November 5, and it will focus on the quality of D'Agen plum for the Chinese market.