The president of the Chilean Nursery Association (AGV), Cristián Pichuante, inaugurated the 5th -now online- International Agro Plant Ñuble Convention.
Pichuante commented that, in this context of the current challenges the industry is experiencing, the responsibility is to continue improving production processes, and in that perspective he relates that they have begun to work on an ambitious project that will allow them, in the short term, to deliver plants with a certified quality seal, propagated under more friendly processes, both in the social and environmental aspects.
He explains that despite the difficulties they have had to face to carry out the nursery industry, the union has managed to commercialize in Chile between 2015 and 2019 more than 134 million fruit plants, which meant around 110,000 hectares.
Pichuante also explained that in order to face the challenges of the plant genetics industry, the objective is to become a “genetic platform for the world” and recalls that in 2011 they exported plants worth USD11 million, and they ranked 44th worldwide . "Today we can proudly show that our union managed to export over USD36 million in 2019, jumping to 24th place as an exporting country of top quality plants."